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Vintage Mini Dresses

Mini dresses are, alongside mini skirts, a fashion piece of controversy. Pioneered by British Designer Mary Quant andAndré Courrèges in France (the former who described the short hemline as “a way of rebelling”), mini dresses became a fashion must-have in 1964. Closely associated with the Chelsea pack of London’s Kings Road, the mini dress was named after Quant’s favourite car, the Mini, and though she has often been credited for inventing the decade-defining piece, André Courrèges was experimenting with shorter hemlines in Paris at the same time and began to show space-age dresses with skirts ending well above the knees. Twiggy is, many would say, the unrivalled mini dress muse, though above-the-knee dresses and skirts were endorsed by flapper girls already in the 1920s – most memorably by Josephine Baker and her mini skirt made of bananas. Other historical mini dress events to note are the launch of Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress in 1965; and the (not-so-virgin-like) white tulle mini dress worn by Madonna at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.

Today, mini dresses have been cemented as party wear – particularly for clubbing and for the festive period, though they are frequently revisited by contemporary designers as daywear.

OfV says: Often made with stretchy materials or in A-line shapes, mini dresses are surprisingly flattering and versatile. At Open for Vintage we firmly believe that there is a mini style for all, and our edit of vintage mini dresses is there to prove it. The section spans rare vintage statement pieces like 1960s psychedelic printed mini dresses; contemporary pre-owned pop colour party dresses; and a vast array of classic LBD’s – all from some of the most coveted dress designers in history including Prada, Dior and Versace. Nod to the mod girls of Kings Road with a 1960s retro dress and a hard-cover plastic vintage box bag; lift a pre-owned designer party dress with an embellished clutch bag and a pair of peep toe Louboutin stilettos; or do the LBD the subtle way with barely-there ballerinas and a figure-flattering black blazer. Trending kitten heels and a rare designer patent tote bag will give your little black dress up-to-date fashion appeal.

 

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THIERRY MUGLER Vintage Cocktail Dress w/ Velvet Collar Size XS

A fabulous Thierry Mugler cocktail or evening dress featuring a sculpted velvet collar. Joan Collins wore the skirt suit version!
£430.00

Vicky Tiel Sequin & Ruched Silk Mini Party Dress

Vicky Tiel Pink Sequin & Ruched Silk Chiffon Evening Mini Party Dress
£250.00

Terence Nolder 1980s Handkerchief Hem Vintage Dress

Terence Nolder Sequinned Silk Grey & Black Handkerchief Hem Evening Dress, 1980s
£160.00

Guy Laroche 1980s Multicolored Cotton Peplum Flared Vintage Dress

Guy Laroche Vintage Multicolored Cotton Peplum Flared Dress, 1980s
£160.00

Antony Price Green Velvet Off Shoulder Vintage Mini Dress

Rare vintage Antony Price off shoulder mini dress with scoop neckline and boned bodice
£828.00

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Baby Pink Linen Dress

A 1980s YSL Rive Gauche Pink Linen Dress
£400.00

Gina Fratini 1970s Black Puff Sleeve Dress

Gina Fratini Avant Garde Black Puff Sleeve Velour Dress, 1970s
£300.00

Tom Ford for Gucci S/S 2003 Mini Dress

Iconic Tom Ford for Gucci Japanese Print Jersey Knit Mini Dress, S/S 2003
£850.00

Jean Varon 1960s Polka Dot Mod Dress

A 1960s Jean Varon Mod Shift Dress
£200.00

Jeff Banks 1960s British Boutique Mini Dress

Jeff Banks for Clobber Vintage British Boutique Mini Dress, 1960s
£180.00

Versace Sleeveless Sheer Insert Little Black Vintage Dress

Vintage Versace sleeveless sheer insert little black dress.
£441.60

Prada Sleeveless Block Pink and Orange Vintage Dress

Vintage Prada sleeveless dress in a pink and orange block print.
£220.80

Hanae Mori 1980s Hibiscus Print Purple Silk Dress

Hanae Mori purple vintage hibiscus print simple silk shift dress, 1980s
£144.00

Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garcons 2014 Deconstructed Dress

This incredible example of Watanabe's work was featured as the penultimate piece in the 2014 runway show.
£480.00

Kenzo 1990s Sleeveless Linen & Organza Dress

A 1990s Kenzo Black Linen & Flocked Organza Vintage Dress
£144.00

Byblos 1990s Asymmetric Purple Linen Party Dress

Byblos Vintage Asymmetric Purple Linen Mini Party Dress, S/S 1992
£200.00

Genny by Gianni Versace 1980s Lace Edged White Cotton Skirt

Genny by Gianni Versace textured cotton white pencil skirt with a wide lace hem.
£275.00

Versace Pink Cotton Blend Runway Mini Dress

Versace mini dress in pink cotton with a sleeveless design. Runway piece.
£400.20

Geoffrey Beene 1960s Orange Babydoll Mini Dress

A rare and uber-cute Geoffrey Beene mini dress from the 1960s featuring a sleeveless fitted bodice with a decorative button panel and a beautifully constructed mini skirt that falls in extra wide pleats.
£570.00

Angelo Tarlazzi 1980s Black Silk Cocktail Dress

An amazing Angelo Tarlazzi cocktail dress made from beautifully draped black silk taffeta, with a row of bows on one side.
£430.00

Louis Feraud 1960s Graphic Printed Black Dress

A gorgeous Louis Féraud dress from the late 1960s with a stunning four-leaf clover graphic print and the original belt.
£395.00

Emanuel Ungaro 1980s Printed Silk White Cocktail Dress

A gorgeous Ungaro cocktail dress from the 1980s, a very representative piece of his work. It is made of a fine white silk with a stunning floral print in pink, blue and green.
£310.00

Elizabeth Arden 1980s Sweetheart Gold Jacquard Puff Sleeve Dress

Elizabeth Arden mini dress with puff sleeves and skirt in gold herringbone fabric and a textured sweetheart neckline bodice
£720.76

Pierre Balmain 1960s Striped Gold & Metallic Blue Lurex Knitted Vintage Mini Dress

An amazing Pierre Balmain striped party dress from the late 1960s.
£485.00

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