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1940s Black Dress with Studded Belt
Located in Alford, MA
Black 1940s dress in a slightly sheer fabric, possibly rayon. The bodice, with short sleeves, has a bolero-like effect and shirring across the top. The gently shirred skirt falls sof...
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1940s Day Dresses

1940S Black Silk Bias & Net Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Silk Bias & Net Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Black and Cream Floral Rayon Dress
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Black and cream floral printed rayon dress dating from the 1940s. Tiny feminine V neck with a collar and long sleeves. Very wearable today with a pair of white sneakers. Beautiful fa...
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Black Wool Vamp Style Shirred Skirt Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Wool Vamp Style Shirred Skirt Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Black Beaded Silk Faille & Chantilly Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Beaded Silk Faille & Chantilly Lace Cocktail Dress
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940S Black Rayon Belted Dress With Deco Beaded Shoulders
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Rayon Belted Dress With Deco Beaded Shoulders
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Black Rayon Crepe Shirred Front Dress With Fringe Sleeves
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Rayon Crepe Shirred Front Dress With Fringe Sleeves
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1940s Casual Dresses

Black Mandarin Ottoman Crochet and Crêpe Day Dress w Eisenhower Bodice- M, 1940s
Located in Tucson, AZ
The perfect blend of bohemian and traditional, this liquid shirt dress combines a bright hand-crocheted placket, cuffs and collar with a modest silhouette, somber color and upright E...
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1940s Informal Dresses

1940S Teal & Black Rayon Crepe Chiffon Hand Smocked Floral Boho Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940S Teal & Black Rayon Crepe Chiffon Hand Smocked Floral Boho Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Black Sheer Rayon & Silk Lace Fit Flare Dress With Sleeves
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Sheer Rayon & Silk Lace Fit Flare Dress With Sleeves
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Red & Black Organic Cotton Nigerian "Ngozi" Batik Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940S Red & Black Organic Cotton Nigerian "Ngozi" Batik Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Black Rayon & Silk Crepe Zipper Front Fringed Bodice Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
Possibly late 1930s from when the zipper was a new fun fashionable novelty popularized by Schiaparelli. Some slight fading and small holes but pretty minor. 1940S Black Rayon & Silk...
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Anita Modes Black Dress with Green Beaded and Appliquéd Purse
By ANITA MODES
Located in Houston, TX
Long black dress with trompe l'oeil beading appears as a purse lying across this gorgeous bodice and sleekly atop the left hip. The beading dazzles in glorious hues of green and blue...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Black Crepe and Cotton Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic dress from the 1940s. The bodice is a cotton net like fabric with hand painted flowers and cut out petals. The dress has a sweet hear neckline and short sleeves,and it opens a...
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1940s Day Dresses

1940S Black Rayon Crepe Bow Neck Day Dress With Textured Weave Pockets
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Rayon Crepe Bow Neck Day Dress With Textured Weave Pockets
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Multicolor Floral Print Rayon Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage 40s Multi color floral print in pink, orange, white and green) silk crepe dress. Fit size: Small / 2 or 4 B: 34” / W: 26”/ H: 34” / Dress Length: 42"
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940S Black Rayon Crepe Stripe Applique Dress With All Over Rope Embroidery
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Rayon Crepe Stripe Applique Dress With All Over Rope Embroidery
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Black Rayon Crepe Long Sleeve Dress With Lace Insertion & Pin Tucked Bodi
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully hand finished and detailed inside and out. 1940S Black Rayon Crepe Long Sleeve Dress With Lace Insertion & Pin Tucked Bodice
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Black Crepe Sheath Dress with Multi Color Sequins
By Eisenberg
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless and chic 1940s Eisenberg black crepe sheath dress featuring red, green, pink and purple floral sequins trough out. Both front and back neckline has key hole opening. Side me...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Beautiful 1940s Black Sequin Crepe Vintage 40s Cocktail Dress
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful 1940s black crepe sequined cocktail dress! Features hundreds of hand-sewn black sequins on the entire front bodice. Free flowy skirt is both flattering and comfortable. Met...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940S Black Silk Faille Short Sleeved Midi Length Cocktail Dress With Beaded Sh
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black Silk Faille Short Sleeved Midi Length Cocktail Dress With Beaded Shooting Stars
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940S Black Silk Faille Long Sleeve Polka Dot Beaded Cocktail Dress Gathered On
Located in New York, NY
This dress has a sexy film noir fit and is cut for a larger and curvier woman than our model here who is a size 4. 1940S Black Silk Faille Long Sleeve Polka Dot Beaded Cocktail Dress...
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Salmon Pink & Black Rayon Crepe Medieval Knights Castles Print Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940S Salmon Pink & Black Rayon Crepe Medieval Knights Castles Print Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Cold Rayon Floral Print Dress
Located in London, GB
An original vintage cold rayon 1940s dress in a striking floral and leaf print. The colour combination is a sublime contrast of pastel blue, pink and white against a dusky orange ba...
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1940s Aesthetic Day Dresses

1940s Feather Print Rayon Wrap Dress
Located in London, GB
Original cold rayon novelty feather print wrap dress dating to the 1940s. It is in really vibrant colours of orange, yellow and blue against a black background and is a combination o...
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1940s Aesthetic Day Dresses

Couture c. 1940’s Black Multicolor Floral Glass Bead Embroidered Shift Dress
Located in Thiensville, WI
Couture c. 1940’s Black Multicolor Floral Glass Bead Embroidered Shift Dress Circa: 1940’s Style: Shift dress Color(s): Shades of black (body), blue, pink, purple, and green (bead...
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1940s Shift Dresses

1940s Vintage Black Velvet Cocktail Dress with Collar + 3/4 Cropped Sleeves
Located in Sparks, NV
Flattering vintage 1940s cocktail dress in black velvet with a draped collar and 3/4 length sleeves. Unlined with side metal zip closure. Fits like a modern size small. The bust meas...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940'S Black & White Rayon "Roman" Novelty Print Fit Flare Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940'S Black & White Rayon "Roman" Novelty Print Fit Flare Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940'S Black Rayon Crepe One Shoulder Draped Peplum Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940'S Black Rayon Crepe One Shoulder Draped Peplum Cocktail Dress
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940S Purple Rayon Blend Crepe Short Sleeve Dress
Located in New York, NY
1940S Purple Rayon Blend Crepe Short Sleeve Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Pattullo-Jo Copeland silk and wool dress
By Pattullo-Jo Copeland
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1940s black wool and silk satin dress, 3/4 length gusseted raglan sleeves, alternating insets of black wool and silk, with rolled collar neckline. The dress closes at back with a met...
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Black Crepe Long Sleeve Chic Asymmetrical Peplum Vintage 40s Dress
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic 1940s black crepe long sleeve vintage 40s asymmetrical peplum dress! The perfect little black dress that exudes class and style. Flattering side peplum detail, with ruffle at wa...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940'S Black Silk Charmeuse Button Front Couture Detailed Dress From Paris
Located in New York, NY
1940'S Black Silk Charmeuse Button Front Couture Detailed Dress From Paris
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940S Black & White Rayon Silk Mini Check Dress With Front Shirred Bodice Bows
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black & White Rayon Silk Mini Check Dress With Front Shirred Bodice Bows
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Adrian Magenta and Black Print Dress w Front Slit Diamond Inset and Gather
By Adrian
Located in San Francisco, CA
A stunning 1940s original Adrian design! A magenta and black "heraldry" paneled print crepe dress with sexy right side front slit and diamond shaped inset panel at abdomen, surround...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

ANN WALKER c.1940’s Black Crepe Ruched Bow Peplum Short Sleeve Afternoon Dress
Located in Thiensville, WI
ANN WALKER c.1940’s Black Crepe Ruched Bow Peplum Short Sleeve Afternoon Dress Circa: 1940’s Label(s): Ann Walker Original Style: Peplum dress Color(s): Black Lined: No Unmarked F...
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1940s Informal Dresses

Vintage Original Franklin Fashions Chicago Rayon Print Day Dress 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage, Original Franklin Fashions Chicago, rayon print day dress from the 1940s. The print of this dress is very interesting, like fish scales, this print graduates from small to l...
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1940s Informal Dresses

Vintage Brown 1940s Dress
Located in London, GB
A pretty dress from the 1940s. The dress has a shawl collar, side zip opening, gathering at the shoulders and two pockets at waist level.
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1940s Day Dresses

1940s Gold Lamé Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1940s Gold Lamé Dress. Black braid trim on collar and hips and adorable tassel detail on boat neck collar. Zips up mid back. Glove length sleeves. Original belt included.
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1940s Day Dresses

1940’s Monica Black Dress With Cream Guipure Lace Underlay
By Monica
Located in London, GB
This beautiful vintage 1940s black organza dress features a unique guipure lace under layer in soft cream which is visible beneath the sheer fabric of the skirt, a pretty sweetheart ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Iconic Adrian Original Cubist-Inspired Dress in Green Gray and Black Drape
By Adrian
Located in San Francisco, CA
Here's your chance to own a piece of classic Hollywood design! An iconic 1940s Adrian Original dress: The man who made Joan Crawford's shoulders famous designed this stunning silk ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Blue 1940s Day Dress
Located in London, GB
A pretty blue crepe dress with embroidery detail on the bust area and waist. The fabric is a pretty blue colour with a subtle ribbed detail. It has a button opening at the back , an...
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1940s Day Dresses

1940S Silk Chiffon & Fine Chantilly Lace Sleeved Cocktail Dress With Very Full
Located in New York, NY
1940S Silk Chiffon & Fine Chantilly Lace Sleeved Cocktail Dress With Very Full Skirt
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Silk Dress with Applique Flowers
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous little black silk 1940s dress. It has a V neckline, elbow length sleeves, shoulder pads and a front peplum. The bodice front has 2 large self covered buttons with finely...
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1940s Day Dresses

Large Size 1940s Silver Grey and Black Silk + Velvet Flower 40s Vintage Dress
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful 1940s silver and black silk and velvet dress! Little flowers printed throughout. Fitted bodice, with a forgiving full skirt. Black silk velvet portrait collar, with 13 blac...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940’s Black and Floral Peplum Shirt Rayon Tea Dress
Located in London, GB
A fantastic original unlabelled 1940’s day dress in black rayon with a pretty pink rose print. Incredibly versatile this piece features long sleeves, a peplum from the waist and but...
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1940s Day Dresses

1940S Black & Gold Rayon Taffeta Ball Gown With Hand Embroidered Hem Bodice
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black & Gold Rayon Taffeta Ball Gown With Hand Embroidered Hem Bodice
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940s Day Dress with Novelty Button Trim
Located in San Francisco, CA
1940s Day Dress with Novelty Button Trim. Vertical strip bodice with gathered bust, contrast brown skirt. Velvet trim on collar and breast pocket. Button trim on pockets and sleeves.
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1940s Day Dresses

Vintage 1940s Black & White Stripe Tea Dress
Located in London, GB
A fun and easy to wear black and white stripe dress from the late 1940s or early 1950s. The dress has a v neck with triangular collar and zip front with bow detail. It has short slee...
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1940s Tea Gowns

1940'S Navy Blue Rayon Crepe Dress With Embroidered Sheer Back
Located in New York, NY
1940'S Navy Blue Rayon Crepe Dress With Embroidered Sheer Back
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Eisenberg Originals Dress with Beaded Lace Panel 1940s
By Eisenberg Originals
Located in Water Mill, NY
A beautiful black silk 1940s dress by Eisenberg Originals. It has a crew neckline, long sleeves and a stunning richly detailed glass seed beaded lace insert across the chest and alon...
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1940s Day Dresses

Flowered Dress With Removable Skirt, circa 1940
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1930 or 1950 France Unlabelled dress very good manufacturing, high-quality garment, chiffon flowers on green background. Short sleeves. Scarf neck can be tied. Fine pleated s...
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1950s Casual Dresses

Striking 1970s Does 1940s Purple & Red Velvet Tie-Dye Boho Dress
Located in London, GB
Beautiful vintage early 1970s dress in deep purple with bold orange/red tie-dye pattern on the front of the bodice and around the hem. This dress has a very 1940s feel to it with a ...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

40s Black and Blue Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
40s Black and Blue Dress
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1940s Aesthetic Day Dresses

Vintage 1940's Novelty Fish Print Black and Pink Cotton Halter Dress with Bolero
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
With its vibrant swimming fish novelty print and flawless styling, this Margaret Newman designer dress ensemble has the casual elegance the 1940's were known for. The fully-boned swe...
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1940s Aesthetic Day Dresses

50s Black Ruffle Day Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
50s Black Ruffle Day Dress. Unlined, side zip closure,
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1940s Aesthetic Day Dresses

1940S NORMAN ORIGINAL Peach Silk Faille & Black Chantilly Lace Tiered Cocktail
Located in New York, NY
1940S NORMAN ORIGINAL Peach Silk Faille & Black Chantilly Lace Tiered Cocktail Dress
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940S Black & Rusty Orange Printed Cotton Summer Gown With Great Fullness Towar
Located in New York, NY
1940S Black & Rusty Orange Printed Cotton Summer Gown With Great Fullness Towards The Back
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940'S Black & Red Nylon Jersey Low Cut Wrap Front Negligee
Located in New York, NY
1940'S Black & Red Nylon Jersey Low Cut Wrap Front Negligee
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1940s Casual Dresses

1940'S Black Hand Painted Rayon Taffeta Old Hollywood "Royal Maid" Glamorous H
Located in New York, NY
1940'S Black Hand Painted Rayon Taffeta Old Hollywood "Royal Maid" Glamorous House Dress
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1940s Casual Dresses

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1940s Black Dresses For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of 1940s black dresses for sale on 1stDibs. Many people prefer Black 1940s black dresses, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Gray and more options on these pages. Making the right choice when shopping for these accessories may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, all of which have proven very popular over the years. There have been many classic iterations of 1940s black dresses over the years, but those made by Claire McCardell, Adrian and Irene Lentz are often thought to be among the most stylish. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much are 1940s Black Dresses?

Prices for 1940s black dresses can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $188 and can go as high as $20,000, while these items, on average, fetch $588.

Finding the Right Day Dresses for You

Luxurious and versatile, designer day dresses are as well suited to tea at an upscale hotel as they are to your next garden or rooftop party.

Today’s featherlight unisex day dresses — as well as the vibrant vintage day dresses of the 1950s and ’60s — look quite different from the heavy, fabric-rich de rigueur garments of the Victorian era. In the late 19th century, a woman of a certain standing might have multiple dresses to wear throughout the day: specifically, one or two for the daytime and one for the evening. For example, a long-sleeve silk dress with a prominently flared back and a round collar of gold beaded lace that hugs the neck would be suitable for stepping out during the day, while a velvet gown trimmed in silk embroidery but overall comparatively informal in appearance would be worn for afternoon tea at home. At night, a silk velvet evening dress could feature natural world motifs such as butterflies (a characteristic of Art Nouveau design) and have short sleeves adorned with lace and ruffles and a scooped neckline — the perfect attire for the theater.

During the 1920s, after all the chores were done, a woman would change from her housework clothing into a more fashionable day dress to run her errands or socialize. Some 1920s day dresses were brightly colored and featured bold patterns — a cotton dress with a dazzling floral print, perhaps, or, in the case of the more venturesome Art Deco apparel sold in high-end couture fashion boutiques of the era, semi-sheer silk garments embellished with three-dimensional beadwork or rich metallic gold lamé.

Today, a closet full of casual vintage day dresses is a must-have. Whether you opt for black, crimson or beige, day dresses bring an element of glamour to your next appointment, and in the summer, who doesn’t love a wonderfully simple, lightweight day dress cut in cotton and linen?

Because different fashion designers of every decade have offered their own take on the widely loved day dress, you’ll be able to find a variety of vintage and designer day dresses on 1stDibs. Search by creator to find enduring designs by the likes of Emilio Pucci, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, or browse by period to uncover a scintillating collection of cotton and satin patterned dresses of the 1950s and ’60s.

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