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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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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.
CHF 315.04

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.
CHF 707.22

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
CHF 2 121.67

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.
CHF 257.17

Vintage 1950s Sheer Cream Frilly Blouse

Peter pan collared cream day blouse
CHF 154.30

Vintage 1950s Lace Long Sleeve Cocktail Nude Dress

This is a stunning nude lace cocktail dress with sweetheart neckline and long sleeves
CHF 411.48

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
CHF 8 358.09

Vintage 1970s Lace Wedding dress

1970's full length vintage floral lace wedding gown
CHF 1 131.56

Isabel Garcia tiered lace black vintage dress

Isabel Garcia black evening dress
CHF 270.03

Vintage 1960s cowl neck purple chiffon cocktail dress

A fun and flirty 1960s chiffon cocktail dress with turquoise accents
CHF 372.90

Just Cavalli floral pattern & lace vintage dress

Maroon and multi floral patterned Just Cavalli dress with lace trim
CHF 199.31

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
CHF 96.44

Diane Von Furstenburg lace vintage Shift Dress

Lace Diane Von Furstenberg shift dress in black
CHF 199.31

Dries Van Noten chiffon bow detail coral vintage blouse

Coral Dries Van Noten sheer blouse
CHF 160.73

Vintage 1940s silk chiffon & beaded black dress

1940s black silk chiffon dress with blue beadwork
CHF 289.32

Vintage 1950s Silk Chiffon Party White Dress

1950's off white silk chiffon fit & flare cocktail dress with bright yellow waist
CHF 385.76

Vintage 1950s Silk & lace trim green negligee

Long silk negligee with lace trim
CHF 321.47

Vintage 1950s Lace & Tulle Prom Pink Dress

1950's pale pink lace & tulle prom gown with matching bolero
CHF 604.35

Vintage 1950s lace grey cocktail dress

1950s cocktail dress by Marshall & Snelgrove
CHF 289.32

Antique Edwardian lace white vintage Day Dress

Full length white cotton dress with lace details
CHF 359.91

Vintage 1960s Lace Wedding Dress

Vintage prairie style lace wedding dress with long sleeves
CHF 1 060.83

Sophisticated Miss 1960s Ribbon Lace Shift Cream Vintage Dress

Simple and elegant 1960s cream ribbon lace shirt dress
CHF 231.45

Vintage 1960's Lace Wedding Dress

1960's full lace wedding dress with bow detail
CHF 1 324.44

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Lace Sequin grey vintage Dress

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label grey lace sequin corset dress with matching bolero jacket
CHF 1 092.98

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