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Roberta di Camerino Vintage Collection

Discover a true piece of fashion history with the exclusive vintage Roberta di Camerino collection at Open for Vintage.  

The successful Italian fashion house of Roberta di Camerino, was set up in 1945 by Giuliana Camerino after spending two years designing handbags for a leather goods store in Switzerland and discovering a growing passion for creativity.  Post-war Camerino, formerly known as Giuliana Coen, returned to Italy to be with her family and within a matter of years had accomplished a huge movement in the fashion industry. 

Predominantly known for producing her signature velvet handbags, Camerino was famously credited with creating the iconic ‘it’ bag, a term now used in everyday life. Camerino handbags are traditionally velvet and often feature brass hardware, buckles and flap detailing. Each luxury bag designed and carefully hand created was known for its innovativeness and use of recycled clothing. Fabrics are often brightly coloured featuring rich patterns and textures. 

Camerino’s fashion-forward thinking meant that her designs were, and still are, widely copied by (or heavily influence) even the biggest fashion houses. In 1946, she famously designed a handbag that foreshadowed the recognisable ‘G’ print heavily used today in Gucci designs. Bottega Veneta was inspired by the woven leather bags designed by Camerino and Prada later reproduced one of Camerino’s original designs.  In recognition of the influence her bags had on other designers’ collections, Camerino won a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1956. 

The Roberta di Camerino fashion house flourished and expanded into designing dresses, coats, trouser suits and other accessories and over the years, attracted the likes of Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.  The clothing collections often supported the local Italian businesses by using locally produced fabrics within her designs and featured in the highly memorable first Roberta di Camerino fashion show in 1949.

Although the fashion house closed in 1980, it was re-established in 1996 and presented a New York fashion department store with a sought-after collection of handbags. In 2008, the Roberta di Camerino label was attained by the Sixty Group who now focus all of their attention on the luxury handbag market. 

Camerino exhibitions have been held around the world featuring original Camerino designs and her exquisite attention to detail continues to attract the interest of many famous faces around the world. 

Here at Open for Vintage, we have hand-picked inspirational designs created by Roberto di Camerino – from the highly sought after vintage velvet handbags and stylish accessories to longline dresses that capture and reflect the essence of the brand. If you love 1970’s fashion and a touch of vintage, an iconic Roberta di Camerino piece is a must for your collection.

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Roberta Di Camerino Velvet green & red Waist Belt

Roberta Di Camerino Green Red Blue Velvet Waist Belt with logo buckle
£193.20

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Ultrasuede Brown Vintage Trouser Suit

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino suit from the 1970s, consisting of a supercool jacket with matching flared pants.
£440.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Wool & Leather Brown Vintage Coat

An outstanding Roberta di Camerino coat from the 1970s, made from a caramel brown wool fabric with cognac brown leather trims - the contrast in texture between wool and leather is divine.
£685.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Brown Vintage Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical and instantly recognisable trompe l'oeil print in three shades of brown and black.
£855.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Red and Brown Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical and instantly recognizable trompe l'oeil print in beige, light brown, dark red and black.
£855.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Geometric Print Navy Blue Maxi Dress

Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a geometric print and a shirt collar and long sleeves
£735.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Red Trompe l'Oeil Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a beautiful autumnal leaf print in dark orange, two shades of red and black and signature "R" scattered throughout.
£710.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical trompe l'oeil print in navy blue, grey, black, copper and orange.
£755.00

Roberta Di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Black Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical and instantly recognisable large-scale rose print in red and black.
£665.00

Roberta Di Camerino 1970s Red Velvet Maxi Skirt

A gorgeous Roberta di Camerino maxi skirt from the 1970s made of thick red velvet with signature chain link print.
£410.00

Roberta di Camerino 1960s black vintage top handle bag

Size : Width: 12.2 in. (31 cm), Length:14.17 in. (36 cm) t
£295.90

Roberta di Camerino 1970s jersey trompe l'oeil lobster red vintage dress

Fabulous trompe l'oeil design belted dress by Roberta di Camerino from the 1970s
£580.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s jersey trompe l'oeil red vintage dress

Stunning trompe l'oeil design maxi dress by Roberta di Camerino from the 1970s
£890.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970's signature print silk red vintage scarf

Classic Roberta di Camerino silk scarf with signature print dated to 1978
£195.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s tunic blue vintage dress

Easy-chic 1970s tunic blouse or mini dress by Roberta di Camerino
£180.00

Roberta Di Camerino 1970s black check vintage dress

Fabulous two-piece dress by Roberta di Camerino from 1977
£340.00
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