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THE VINTAGE LACE & SHEER COLLECTION

Stripped off any organza or tulle, lace has unrivalled ways of adding sheer femininity to day and evening looks. Whereas bohemian crochet lace dresses are recurring trends for summer, winter festivities are best marked in a blood red and black lace party dress. Chiffon has similar credibilities: be it a romantic poet blouse or a full-blown mermaid dress, chiffon equals sensuality and decadence.

A romantic nod to Edwardian dress or retro reference to 1970s bohemians, vintage lace can be dressed up or down with ease. Pair a semi-transparent tea-length vintage lace dress with a mannish flannel shirt and pay tribute to Kurt and Courtney’s immortal grunge looks at the summer festival; or opt out of your usual A-line office attire in favour of a floral applique long-sleeve lace dress for a memorable impression. For chiffon, channel your inner Cher with a pair of perfect fitting flare jeans to go with a semi-transparent silk chiffon blouse for an effortless everyday look.

Not yet convinced of lace and chiffon’s versatility? Find evidence in the style files: Grace Kelly’s elegant vintage lace wedding dress from 1956 cement lace as a glamourous option for formalwear; and crochet vintage lace skirt suits as modelled by Twiggy in the 1960s prove that lace work for the everyday too. On the androgynous side? Look out for the Avant Garde interpretations of chiffon and ruffles in unexpected materials and garments like leather biker jacket and denim skirts – eye-dazzling drama and future vintage by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Junya Watanabe.

OfV says: From sheer and chic to high impact frills and ruffles, chiffon and lace can create fabulous silhouettes and conceal as much as they reveal. Whether you like to float in layers, rock a touch of Victoriana or are a master of the art of perfect cloth placement, Open for Vintage has a fabulous collection of vintage lace dresses and vintage chiffon pieces to add the lightest feminine or nostalgic touch to your day or evening look. With their rich historic sensibilities, we dare to say that vintage lace and sheer is the most alluring.

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80s Yellow Lace Evening Gown

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi ,Bust (inches) : 34 ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi ,Waist (inches) : 28 ,Length (inches) : 58 ,Colour : Yellow ,Gender : Female ,specification : Yellow, , ,
£310.00

Yves Saint Laurent Long dress

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > Yves Saint Laurent,Womens > Maxi ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : M ,
£475.00

Missoni Fancy dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > MISSONI ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,Size : 42 ,
£285.00

Valentino Couture Vintage Black Chiffon Beaded Blouse Top Long Sleeve

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) ,Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > VALENTINO ,Style : Couture ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : see description ,
£430.00

Comme Des Garcons 1990s Sheer Lace Maxi Skirt

A spectacular, rare Comme des Garcons skirt from the 1990s. Made from two sheer layers - delicate lace and gauze, dark blue.
£310.00

John Galliano for Christian Dior 2006 Lace Print Satin vintage Skirt Suit

A Christian Dior Skirt Suit by John Galliano from the S/S 2006 collection.
£550.00

Balestra 1990s Sheer Nude Chiffon Beaded Italian Couture vintage Dress

An incredible red carpet worthy Italian haute couture dress by Renato Balestra from the 1990s
£1,650.00

Kenzo Lurex Sheer Knitted Dress - 1990s

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > KENZO ,Colour : Grey ,Gender : Female ,specification : Grey, , ,Size : M - we suggest size 8 - 10 (UK) / 4 - 6 (US) ,
£400.00

Jack Bryan 1970s Purple Beaded Chiffon Dress

A glam vintage Jack Bryan chiffon dress from the 70s with a beaded front and rear, with balloon sleeves.
£200.00

Dior 1987 Fall/Winter Campaign Lace And Sequins Black Dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Christian Dior ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : There is no size label, but we suggest 10 - 12 UK; 6 - 8 US; S - M (tending more towards M). ,
£2,000.00

Vintage 1950s Sheer Cream Frilly Blouse

Peter pan collared cream day blouse
£120.00

Vintage 1950s Lace Long Sleeve Cocktail Nude Dress

This is a stunning nude lace cocktail dress with sweetheart neckline and long sleeves
£320.00

Gina Fratini 1970s Elizabeth Taylor silk chiffon green vintage dress

Fantastic 1970s Gina Fratini silk chiffon dress in pastel hues matching the dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor
£6,500.00

Vintage 1970s Lace Wedding dress

1970's full length vintage floral lace wedding gown
£875.00

Isabel Garcia tiered lace black vintage dress

Isabel Garcia black evening dress
£210.00

Vintage 1960s cowl neck purple chiffon cocktail dress

A fun and flirty 1960s chiffon cocktail dress with turquoise accents
£290.00

Just Cavalli floral pattern & lace vintage dress

Maroon and multi floral patterned Just Cavalli dress with lace trim
£155.00

Victor Costa 1980's Lace Dark Purple & Black vintage Dress

A stunning vintage Victor Costa for Harvey Nichols dress in a dark purple and black lace, 1980s
£75.00

Diane Von Furstenburg lace vintage Shift Dress

Lace Diane Von Furstenberg shift dress in black
£155.00

Dries Van Noten chiffon bow detail coral vintage blouse

Coral Dries Van Noten sheer blouse
£125.00

Paco Rabanne Velvet and Lace Dress - 1970s

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > PACO RABANNE ,Colour : Purple ,Gender : Female ,specification : Purple, , ,Size : We recommend a guideline size 6 UK ,
£400.00

Vintage 1940s silk chiffon & beaded black dress

1940s black silk chiffon dress with blue beadwork
£225.00

Vintage 1950s Silk Chiffon Party White Dress

1950's off white silk chiffon fit & flare cocktail dress with bright yellow waist
£300.00

Vintage 1950s Silk & lace trim green negligee

Long silk negligee with lace trim
£250.00

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