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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.

At Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth living on. Our curated edit of unique and contemporary vintage and pre-owned fashion pieces are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance, and of course, style appeal.


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Thierry Mugler 1990s Fitted Zip Front Colbalt Blue Dress

Thierry Mugler long sleeved form fitting dress with a zip front

Vintage 1960s Graphic Psychedelic Print White Babydoll Dress

Vintage 1960's babydoll dress with a graphic black and white print heightened with orange, green, yellow and pink

Vintage 1960s Silk Handmade Bird Print Olive Green Shift Dress

Vintage olive green shift dress with a print of birds and flowers in yellow and brown

Vintage 1960s Houndstooth Check Red and Blue Mini Dress

Classic 1960's sleeveless mini dress with red and blue houndstooth check

Vintage 1980s Sequinned Pink Cocktail Dress

Vintage 1980's neon short sleeve cocktail dress

Vintage 1960s Pale Blue Shift Dress

A classic 1960's shift dress in pale blue with a high round neck

Vintage 1960s Red & White Striped Crimplene Dress

Classic 1960's striped collared short sleeved dress with half button down front

Vintage 1960s Psychedelic Print Multi-Coloured Shift Dress

1960's shift dress with a pleated high neck with a bright classic 1960's print

Vintage 1960s Long Sleeve Bright Pink Mini Dress

Classic 1960's dress with long wide sleeves, an empire waist and white daisy detail

Vintage 1960s Check Orange And Brown Shirtwaister Dress

This is a fabulous vintage 1960s orange and brown check shirtwaister dress by Federick Starke.

Vintage 1960s Rhinestone Neck Shocking Pink Mini Dress

1960's sleeveless dress with a high V shaped rhinestone encrusted collar

Missoni Knitted Multi-Coloured Striped Black Vintage Mini Dress

Missoni knitted dress with textured multi-coloured stripes, long sleeves and a cream knitted collar

Chanel Ribbed Summer Pale Pink Vintage Dress

Chanel sleeveless knitted sleeveless dress with pleated drop waist skirt and faux pearl button front

Vintage 1960s Psychedelic Print Yellow Shift Dress

Vintage 1960s shift dress with a yellow psychedelic print.

Young Edwardian 1960s Crushed Velvet Mini Dress

A 1960s / 1970s vintage boho mini dress in red velvet

Victor Costa 1980s Organza black vintage Cocktail Dress

A 1980s vintage cocktail dress by Victor Costa

Calderon 1960s Color-Block Mod yellow vintage Cocktail Dress

A 1960s vintage mod dress by Calderon in bright yellow, black & white satin material

Gino Charles 1960s Velvet & Rhinestone black vintage Mini Dress

A 1960s mod mini dress in black velvet with rhinestone zipper

Vintage 1960s Lace black Cocktail Mini Dress

A 1960s vintage black mini dress with lace sleeves & skirt

Ginori 1960s Mod black vintage Mini Dress

A 1960s vintage mod mini dress in black by Ginori

Vintage 1960s Mod Green & Gold Metallic Chevron Mini Dress

A 1960s vintage mod glam party dress in green & champagne beige with gold metallic chevron stripe

Vintage 1960s Metallic Brocade pink vintage Cocktail Dress

A 1960s vintage pink & metallic brocade cocktail mini dress

Mardi Gras 1960s Metallic Brocade pink vintage Wrap & dress

A 1960s vintage pink & gold brocade cocktail dress with wrap

Geoffrey Beene 1960s Metallic silver vintage Mini Dress

A 1960s vintage dress by Geoffrey Beene in a sparkling silver metallic material

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