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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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Valentino Couture Black Chiffon Beaded Long Sleeve Vintage Top

Valentino Couture black chiffon beaded top with scoop neck and layered hem

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.

Dolce & Gabbana 1990s Semi sheer Kaftan style Black vintage Dress

D&G kaftan style semi-sheer black dress
£531.87 £890.00

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.

Miu Miu Lace Front Pale Blue Vintage Mini Dress

Vintage Miu Miu mini dress with high neck, lace front panel edged with pleated frills and short sleeves

Antique Edwardian Cotton & Lace white vintage Petticoat

Fine quality antique cotton and handmade lace petticoat

Gianfranco Ferre silk Lace & velvet pink vintage skirt

Ferre rose silk underlay skirt with black lace overlay

Dolce & Gabbana Lace & Pleated Cream Vintage Skirt

Cream lace silk and cotton mid length skirt by Dolce & Gabbana

Alberta Ferretti Velvet & lace ivory vintage tunic

Alberta Ferretti Velvet & lace ivory vintage tunic

Yves Saint Laurent sheer back vintage black maxi dress

A silk YSL maxi dress with a sheer panel on the back

M Missoni Green and Sheer Waved Stripe Vintage Knit Dress

Cotton knit M Missoni green and sheer black striped dress with high neck and short sleeves

Vintage 1950s Gold Brocade & chiffon train Evening dress

A gorgeous vintage evening gown from the 1950s by Lee Delman

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

Kenzo 1990s Lurex sheer Knitted brown vintage Dress

Lurex sheer knitted dress with exaggerated shoulders

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.

Christian Dior 1980s Lace & Sequins Black vintage Dress

1987 Fall/Winter Campaign Dior lace dress with sequin detail

Vintage 1950s Sheer Cream Frilly Blouse

Peter pan collared cream day blouse

Vintage 1950s Lace Long Sleeve Cocktail Nude Dress

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

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

Vintage 1970s Lace Wedding dress

1970's full length vintage floral lace wedding gown

Isabel Garcia tiered lace black vintage dress

Isabel Garcia black evening dress

Vintage 1960s cowl neck purple chiffon cocktail dress

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

Just Cavalli floral pattern & lace vintage dress

Maroon and multi floral patterned Just Cavalli dress with lace trim

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

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