1970s Designer Vintage Dresses - Top 3 fashion designers.
A legend in the vintage fashion industry, Ossie clark is one of the most collectible pieces of 1960s and 1970s desiger vintage. He started his career by designing under the also iconic Alice Pollock's Quorum label. He is known for his incredibly sexy yet elegant designs, often in his signature fabric, moss crepe, or in delicate chiffons. His then wife, Celia Birtwell created the prints for his clothing becoming one of the most iconic designer duos in the fashion industry.
With the bold sex appeal created in the designs of Ossie juxtaposed with Celia's soft, feminine floral patterns, they appealed to glamorous women all over the word with the Ossie Clark woman often being young models, girlfriends of rock stars and cool girls. Today, vintage Ossie clark clothing has the same appeal with beautiful and talented celebrities as varying as Kate Moss, Florence Welch, P!nk, Amal Clooney and Emma Watson all have worn his vintage dresses.
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The Parisian Chloé label was started in 1952 by Gaby Aghion. However, it really became an iconic luxury label in the 1970s after Karl Lagerfeld was hired as the creative director. He designed for Chloé from 1966 but his most iconic era was during the late 60s and throughout the 70s. The beautiful bohemian and playful clothes designed under the Karl Lagerfeld era have become some of the most collectible 1970s designer vintage around. Indeed, the Chloé label is as iconic today for its early 70s youthful and feminine clothing as it was at the time.
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The British fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes is one of the most covetable labels for collectors of 1970s designer vintage dresses. Known for her luxurious fabrics, she is predominantly a textile artist who puts her wearable art on floaty chiffons in bohemian silhouettes. Some of her most iconic collections include the 'Conceptual Chic' collection of 1977 which recognized the punk fashions coming out of Britain in this period and elevated it creating a 'punk couture' look, with cut outs creating a calculatedly distressed design and faux pearls draped in a necklace style, referencing the chains in DIY clothing at the time.
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New In: Vintage & Designer Spring Dresses by Chloe, Missoni and Jean Charles de Castelbajac.
We've just listed three great dresses for spring, a romantic choice, a bold piece and a fun dress. Please click on the images to see the products.
Chloé by Karl Lagerfeld
This stunning vintage Chloe silk dress is from the 1970s during Karl Lagerfeld's first tenure as creative director of the label. With the ruffles and lace, this is as relevant for Spring 2019 as it was in the 70s.
This Missoni Spring 2005 dress is a bohemian dream. The lightweight, ombré knit is airy and flattering. The fringing gives a fun, late 1960s hippie inspiration.
You can see the same look in a different colorway on the runway, showing the amazing movement in the video below and on the Fashion Channel's great youtube:
Jean Charles de Castelbajac
This fun Castelbajac vintage sundress is from the 90s in a cool, comfortable cotton knit fabric. It has an amazing Cuban dollar print throughout.
We've also added some great pieces by the iconic Thierry Mugler. They both are effortlessly timeless but with Mugler's distinctive futuristic inspirations, such as pointed collars and slanted pockets. The first, a green men's cotton trenchcoat and the second a smart blazer with a polka dot pattern and is so versatile that would be great in both the office or at a party.
Lastly, we've listed some great Kenzo pieces, all have Kenzo's bold, youthful aesthetic. The first, a floral men's shirt with a classic cutaway collar is great for a party or for wearing in spring and summer. The second is so of its time and yet so current, with the iconic 'Flying Tiger' print that Kenzo have recently reintroduced, this original Kenzo men's cotton blazer is also perfect for spring and summer. The last item we've uploaded is a sharply tailored blazer in a blue wool with great details, like the gold zippers and suede button trim.
Keep an eye on our store for more, as we regularly list designer vintage clothing for men and women. Please feel free to get in touch, in case we've got any other items that haven't been listed just yet!
From the S/S 2006 collection, our latest arrival is a Valentino yellow silk gown, as seen on the runway. For this collection Valentino was quoted as saying that his mission was to "stand apart from all the fake couture that has dominated the runways for the past few seasons".
See the dress featured at 13:29
Voguesaid of the collection, "Valentino rose to the challenge, upping his already haute luxe factor and sending out a spring collection that was fresher and lighter than it's looked in a long time".
A pencil skirt is so classic and timeless, the modern interpretation of a pencil skirt comes from Christian Dior (who else?) from his 1954 collection. What better way to stand out in the office than with a leather skirt like our 1980s Emanuel Ungaro skirt, chic and individual.
Powerful Boss Lady
For this look, I need to say nothing more than Thierry Mugler. If you're looking for a mix between a superwoman and Marilyn Monroe then Thierry Mugler is your man. Mugler's vintage dresses perfectly created an Amazonian sex siren look with his wide-shouldered, wasp-waisted designs.
Above is our office edit of our Mugler pieces available at the moment, both having the incredible tailoring that he learnt from his father and his eye for dramatic sensuality. The first, an iridescent acid orange skirt suit and the second, a more universal but equally as dramatic LBD with his typical wide shoulder line and an out of this world neckline.
This Bill Blass two piece dress suit has incredible tailoring with classic pinstripes, as good as a men's suit. Perfect for showing you mean business without the extreme shoulders of the power look.
Born in the Italian city of Trieste, Renato Balestra's story is an entertaining one, it has been said that it was fashion that chose Balestra, not Balestra that chose fashion. He originally chose to follow his father's career path by choosing a degree in civil engineering. In the last year of his study in civil engineering, a jovial bet was made between him and his friendsfor him to create a clothing design, so awestruck by his talent, his friends, unknowingly to Balestra, sent his designs to the Chamber of Fashion in Milan where he was invited to show a haute couture collection.
It was from this haute couture collection that he decided to start his own label, where he found international success with clients as diverse as the Queen Sirikit of Thailand and the princess of Jordan to world-renowned actresses and society women. Vintage Renato Balestra are made so incredibly, with a delicate hand and appreciation for a woman's sensuality - the couture dresses you will see in our store are constructed fully by hand, with luxurious, intricate beading in soft silk chiffons and organzas.
To see all of our vintage Renato Balestra dresses click here
Ruffles are so incredibly fun and playful, and incidentally, very on-trend for both SS16 and upcoming AW16. This editorial, shot by the master, David Bailey for Vogue UK March 1st, 1972 shows just how glamorous and sophisticated they can be.
Featuring two glamorous ladies, Charlotte Rampling, an icon of the sixties and early 70s, known for her work in European arthouse films, and the stunning Jane Birkin, the woman who the infamous Hermés Birkin was named after. Both wearing incredible dresses by Chanel, Givenchy and Dior, this vintage editorial showcases perfectly how vintage ruffled dresses are timeless and dramatic.
This incredible, polka dotted, frilled organza dress has an olive green sash and is by Chanel. Photo by David Bailey.
A stunning 'bronzed brown' and white organza dress by Givenchy. Photo by David Bailey.
Jane Birkin wears white georgette frilled top by Dior and silk crepe trousers, also by Dior. Photo by David Bailey
'Vulnerable beauty in fragile frills from Dior'. Photo by David Bailey.
A stunning, documented piece has just hit the store, in a midnight blue velvet with, silk chiffon, off-the-shoulder balloon sleeves and ruched bust- this stunning vintage Valentino dress was featured in a brown variation on the Fall 1991 runway.
You can find the link to view our vintage Valentino boutique dress for sale here
You can also see the brown version of our new vintage Valentino dress at 00:37 below -
This list compiles five of the greatest designers of the 20th century, who have mastered the use of print. These illustrious five are artists as much as they are fashion designers, creating interesting, eyecatching prints that have a story to tell and resonate with the character of the wearer.
1. Emilio Pucci
Kaleidoscopic, psychedelic swirls make Pucci prints possibly the most instantly recognisable patterns of all time. That is, even without seeing his 'Emilio' signature, which was printed throughout his designs. So powerful were Pucci's brightly coloured prints in fashion, that the House of Pucci still stays very relevant and impactful today, 66 years after he first opened it in Capri, Italy. Best known for his use of print on luxurious silk jersey, that gives incredible drape and clarity, Pucci also printed on other sumptuous fabrics such as on the silk lamé blouse we have in stock at the moment.
You can shop our current collection of vintage Pucci clothes here
2. Leonard of Paris
With a similar appeal to Pucci, and almost definitely inspired by Emilio, Leonard Paris are known for their bold prints on luxury textiles but with a more geometric look and often oriental and floral patterning. Founded by Jacques Leonard and French designer, Daniel Tribouillard - Leonard is still going strong today and a vintage Leonard dress has become a must-have for any vintage collector, particularly one with a keen eye for colour and clean lines.
You can shop our current collection of vintage Leonard Paris clothes here
3. Roberto Cavalli
Cavalli's technique of printing on suede and leather made him legendary in the 1970's and that legend continues today. An artist who uses textiles as his canvas, his first works were incredible bohemian masterpieces, with ethnic and folk influences from around the world, particularly using Indian and Oriental imagery as inspiration.
You can shop our current collection of vintage Cavalli clothes here
4. Gianni Versace
Gianni Versace and the House of Versace were so iconic for bold prints and the trademark Medusa head logo that baroque and Greek prints in the style of Versace are never off the catwalk - but his designs had an Italian sophistication and class that the knockoffs never could duplicate. That is the reason why the house of Versace, now under Donatella Versace, remains as one of the most important fashion houses in the world. Always opulent and whimsical his most iconic designs are his printed from the iconic 1993 tarzan print - which you can find on our blouse here to the legendary Marilyn and James Dean Warhol dress from SS 1991.
You can shop our current collection of vintage Versace clothes here
5. Zandra Rhodes
First and foremost a textile designer, Zandra Rhodes prints her whimsical, artistic patterns on the finest silk chiffons and organzas creating a breathtaking, ethereal, bohemian aesthetic. She hand-printed most of her designs in her Zandra Rhodes studio and she has an artistic vision like no other, her prints are fluid and otherworldly - with each collection having a strong concept. One of the greatest British designers ever, her designs from the 1970s are sought after by the fashion elite - with Nicole Richie being a big fan of her vintage designs and even Princess Diana wore so many of her designs in the 80s.
You can shop our current collection of vintage Zandra Rhodes clothes here