1970s Designer Vintage Dresses - 3 of the most iconic labels. April 07 2019, 0 Comments

1970s Designer Vintage Dresses - Top 3 fashion designers. 



Ossie Clark

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.

Click here to shop our collection of 1970s designer vintage dresses, including evening dresses by Ossie Clark. 


designer vintage from the 70s


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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Vintage Zandra Rhodes dress

Zandra Rhodes

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.

Click here to shop the collection of luxury vintage gowns from the 70s, including items by Zandra Rhodes.

'Mount Olympus' Comes to Zeus Vintage - Zandra Rhodes Suede Dress October 11 2015, 0 Comments


Earlier this week, an amazing dress, fit for a true bohemian goddess and designed by the iconic and eccentric designer Zandra Rhodes, hit the store! Named after the home of the Gods itself, this dress was part of a collection called 'Mount Olympus' c. Spring/ Summer 1983. 

In a thick silk noil which gives it the most amazing drape, this is an incredibly rare example of the couture bohemian luxe aesthetic that Zandra was known for. With a suede yoke that is perforated and screen printed with the statement 'Jungle Trail' border that was also featured in her earlier 'Medieval Collection'.   

This incredible vintage Zandra Rhodes dress is not only so very wearable but practical too! With two deep pockets to store whatever a woman with such exceptional taste wants to carry. If you are interested in finding out more about the 'Mount Olympus' collection then check out the Visual Arts Data Service's website and see some original sketches and other pieces in the collection here

Oh and of course, be sure to take a peek at the other Zandra Rhodes pieces we currently have in stock, including a 1980's printed velvet dress and a 1976 'Cactus & Cowboys' hand crafted frock.  



Dress of the Year 2014 - Gareth Pugh March 26 2015, 0 Comments

Two days ago the winner of the prestigious ‘Dress of the Year’ award, given by the Bath Fashion museum, was chosen and it was designed by none other than the brilliant English designer Gareth Pugh.

Dress of the Year - Gareth Pugh, AW14

As always the dress of the year is awarded to the best dress of the last year and we think 2014’s ensemble by Gareth Pugh was fantastically chosen in terms of trends – sheer clothing and PVC was quite prevalent by many designers during 2014 (see Jeremy Scott SS14, Miu Miu AW14), but also in terms of message behind the dress. The dress was created by Pugh to show that in fashion and life in general, something can be made out of nothing – a glamorous, ground-breaking dress created out of sheets of plastic.

Plastic dress, 1966


We think the dress really harks back to the 60s and 70s vintage dresses, the sixties for their experimentation with fabrics, in particular PVC and plastic, (see above) and the seventies for the diaphanous qualities, a sort of modern day bohemian. The obi belt influenced waist and wrap front that lead up to a high neckline also invoked a sort of 60s space age minimalism meets 1970s ethnic opulence that designers such as Bill Gibb and Zandra Rhodes were renowned for.

Our own billowing Bill Gibb vintage dress, £500. Who won dress of the year in 1970.


We’re sure the dress has some critics though, I mean it’s made out of plastic sheeting – not too wearable for most I’d imagine. What do you think of the dress - love it or loathe it?

If you’re interested in seeing past dresses of the year the Bath Fashion Museum has all the past ones from 1963 on their site - http://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/galleries/dress-year