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1950s Betty Carol Dress With Fins
By Betty Carol, Mamselle
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous dress from Betty Carol in light weight black wool and silk taffeta. It has a V neck front and back with fabulous princess seaming creating a fitted silhouette through to...
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1950s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Leslie Fay 1950s Silk Navy and Cream Circle Print Dress With Belt
Located in London, GB
This superb Leslie Fay 1950s silk circle print dress is in pristine condition and would make an excellent choice for formal occasion wear. This piece is designed by Fred Pomerantz fo...
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1950s Formal Wear

Beautiful Pattullo - Jo Copeland 1950s Black Dress w/ Ivory Lace + Rhinestones
By Pattullo-Jo Copeland
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful late 1950s Pattullo-Jo Copeland little black dress! Impeccable construction, with and ultra flattering fit! Cute black collar, below ruffles of ivory silk lace, intertwined...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Black Vintage 1950s Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic black vintage cocktail dress from the 1950s., The dress is strapless, but straps could easily be added with lace detail on the bust area. It has a side zip opening and a flare...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950s Black Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress for the festive season. The dress has a boat neckline, with cap sleaves and rouching at the waist. It is marked a size 7 , and has a central back zip.
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Claire Mccardell Black Silk Cocktail 50s dress
By Claire McCardell
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless Claire Mccardell Black silk 1950s day dress. metal zipper on the side. Bust: 32"
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Carosa Roma Stunning Black Dress
Located in Port Hope, ON
This demi-couture dress was created by the Rome atelier started by Princess Giovanna Caracciolo Ginetti and her friend Angelini Desalles, in 1947. It is a well made and executed dres...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Black Velvet Eyelet Cocktail Dress, 1950s
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Black Velvet Eyelet Cocktail Dress.
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Dress Black Embroidered Shelf Bust Taffeta Party Dress
Located in Wallkill, NY
A true Beauty, 1950s Black Taffeta Pleated Bodice Cocktail Dress. It has Boned Bodice with a pleated sexy bust *Pleated Tucked Waist *Large Embroidered Floral Waist that drapes ...
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1950s Evening Dresses

Mollie Parnis 1950s Black Dress with Pleated Ribbon Inserts
By Mollie Parnis
Located in London, GB
This exceptional 1950s Mollie Parnis black wool evening dress with pleated ribbon inserts is a superb example of the glamorous lines and exquisite design features synonymous with its...
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1950s Evening Gowns

1950s Helen Rose Black Dress
By Helen Rose
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Beautifully constructed, this simple silk Helen Rose from the 1950's is the most classic LBD. The U neckline is balanced by the elbow length sleeves and seams down the sides of the b...
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1950s Day Dresses

1950s Taffeta Embroidered Floral Black Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
This charming 1950s black taffeta embroidered party dress with cross over straps is gamine and feminine. The exquisite embroidered flowers start on the bust area and gently fall to a...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Black Ribbon Work Strapless Asymmetrical Dress
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1950s Black Ribbon Work Strapless Asymmetrical Dress. This amazing piece is professionally handmade from the 1950s, the fabric is sheer black with narrow ribbons of black taffeta tha...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950s stunning Little black fishtail dress
By Ben Reig
Located in Wallkill, NY
Exquisite detailing on this 1950s black fishtail dress. Left side zipper. 3 buttons black closure. Measuring 34 in. bust - 24 in. waist - 36 in. hip - 45 in. down arm down to skirt b...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Pink And Black Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Pink And Black Lace Cocktail Dress Stunning 1950s cocktail dress, predominantly light pink with black lace overlay, and hand sequinned hem detailing. B 44 W 49 H 52 L 37
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Dorothy O'hara Gathered Black Dress
By Dorothy O'Hara
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Dorothy O'hara Gathered Black Dress. V-neck dress with asymmetrical draping. Zips up back.
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Mr. Blackwell Black Wool Dress
By Mr. Blackwell
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning 1950’s Mr. Blackwell Design can be worn as a formal evening dress or cocktail dress. Black wool with crepe lining under bodice and skirt underlined with interfacing for stru...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Early 1950s Marshal and Snelgrove Black Lace Dress
Located in London, GB
This enchanting early 1950s black lace cocktail dress was retailed for historic luxury London department store Marshal and Snelgrove, founded in 1837 to eventually merge with Debenha...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Black Velvet Cocktail Dress with Tulip Embroidery
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Beautiful 1950s Black velvet cocktail dress embroidered in purple, Pink and green tulip. sweet heart neckline and the waist has a cummerbund type waist . Size: Small (2-4) Bust : 3...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Black Silk Shantung Dress with Large Bow
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
What a chic 1950s little black dress! Cut out neckline with large bow. Nipped in the waistline with slightly A line skirt with inverted pleats. Original side metal zipper. Fit Siz...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Rare 1950s Traina-Norell Black Halter Day Dress
By Traina-Norell
Located in Houston, TX
Extremely beautiful rare dress created by Traina-Norell in 1955. The halter day or evening dress is made of black taffeta and boasts a sheer overlay halter attached to a circle ...
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1950s Day Dresses

1950S IRENE FOR BULLOKS WILSHIRE Black Silk & Rayon Fine Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1950S IRENE FOR BULLOKS WILSHIRE Black Silk & Rayon Fine Lace Cocktail Dress
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Emma Domb Black and Pink Tulle Party Dress
By Emma Domb
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Emma Domb Black and Pink Tulle Party Dress. Ruffled tulle bodice embellished with pearls. Ribbon embellishments. Two layers of black tulle over pink lining. Boned bodice. Worn ...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Black Italian Dress
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Elegant handmade Italian dress, featuring a sequined embroidery, a v-neck and back zipper. Italian tailoring house: Pirovano. This item dates back to the 1950s and is in overall good...
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1950s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1950s Creme And Black Silk Lace cocktail Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1950s Creme Silk Dress with black lace cocktail dress with fitted waist and large lapel. Bust: 36” / Waist: 26” / Length: 43 inches
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Kitty Copeland 1950s Black Taffeta Silk Dress With Polkadot Detail
By Kitty Copeland
Located in London, GB
This stylish vintage 1950s Kitty Copeland black silk taffeta dress with polkadot detail and peplum sash boasts timeless city chic and unusual design features. The taffeta overlay has...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Mainbocher Couture Black Silk Evening Dress with Lace Panels
By Mainbocher
Located in London, GB
This 1950s Mainbocher black silk and lace evening dress is of exceptional quality with some really elegant details. The bodice is fully lined and the bust has slight padding to add s...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Black Silk Evening Dress With Peplum and Beaded Collar
Located in London, GB
This stylish 1950s black silk evening dress is a stunning combination of design features, achieving a deeply glamorous yet formal evening look. The mid-length sleeves and peplum deta...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Jane Derby Vintage Black + Nude Silk Chiffon Cocktail Dress
By Jane Derby
Located in Sparks, NV
Stunning vintage early 1950s cocktail dress in black and nude silk satin and silk chiffon. Full skirt with silk lining and boned bodice. Gorgeous construction. Rear metal zip and hoo...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Dorothy O'Hara Vintage Black Asymmetric Cocktail Sheath Dress
By Dorothy O'Hara
Located in Sparks, NV
Vintage 1950s black hourglass sheath dress with asymmetric drape detail for sale by Dorothy O'Hara. Fully lined with rear zip and hook closure. Fits like a modern size medium. The bu...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950s Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A head turning cocktail dress from the 1950s. The dress has a deep v neckline and backline. with a flared skirt and wonderful velvet flowers and detail on the hem.
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Nude on Black Chiffon Strapless Cocktail Dress w Feather Flourish
By Torso Creations
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Silk chiffon cocktail dress: 3 layer construction. Lining and structured bodice structure in cappuccino crepe, middle layer is soft wispy nude silk chiffon and outer layer is ...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Black *Larger Size* Pavé Sequin Starry Night Sleeveless Circle Dress - M, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
With so much to love about this dress, it's hard to know where to begin! Besides its hard-to-find larger size, we love how the hemline gently slopes longer in the back. The scrolling...
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1950s Ballerina Dresses

Gorgeous 1950s Couture Black Silk Metallic Strapless 50s Wiggle Dress w/ Train
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning 1950s vintage couture black silk metallic strapless wiggle dress, with taffeta train! Bombshell sexy 50s starlet silhouette! Features a taffeta boned shelf bodice with lace...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Black Chandelier Bead Illusion Party Dress with Swirling Trumpet Skirt– M, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Made for a party, this glamorous dance dress combines the late 50s and early 60s so perfectly that we would bet it was worn on New Year’s Eve at the cusp of the new decade. Not quite...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Claire McCardell for Townley Black Button Front Dress with Lace Trim
By Claire McCardell
Located in San Francisco, CA
Claire McCardell for Townley 1950s black dress with shirt style top, full skirt, and long sleeves. Lace trim at placket, cuffs, and collar. Cuffs can be folded up at wrist, or worn s...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Black and Fuchsia *Larger Size* Rosebud Yawn-Pocket Ballerina Dress – L, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
A modern vintage masterpiece, this ladylike frock is loaded with charming extras (our favorite is the pocket detail: decorative AND practical) that keep its timeless silhouette from ...
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1950s Ballerina Dresses

1950s Christian Dior Demi Couture Beaded Black Mesh Dress and Jacket
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This captivating mid to late 1950s Christian Dior dress with matching jacket is of exceptional quality and in superb vintage condition. The dress has a Harrods of London label in add...
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1950s Evening Dresses

Black Flocked Velvet Nude Illusion Party Dress, 1950's
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pretty in pink and fabulous in flocked! This 1950's party dress is a layered combination of pale ballerina pink lining with a coordinating sheer black and pink flocked floral fabric...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s A Dorn Model Rose Print Cotton Dress With Black Velvet Bow
Located in London, GB
This charming 1950s cotton dress has a print of rose bunches in an assortment of pastel shades - pink, lilac, yellow, jade green and white, which lie in between beds of gold printed...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Beaumelle Black Cocktail Dress
By Beaumelle
Located in San Francisco, CA
Black cocktail dress with a lace overlay on the bodes the is structured with layered racing and serves as a modesty panel. The drop-waist is accentuated by a tule overskirt. The ent...
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1950s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Rare 1950s Madame Gres licensed Black & Grey Embroidered Dress w/ Bolero Jacket
By Madam Gres
Located in Houston, TX
Intriguing black dress by Madame Gres. Produced by G. Mendes. This dress features a beautiful mesh fabric that is embroidered throughout and a bolero jacket to match with an incre...
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1950s Day Dresses

Vintage 1950's Black Silk Beaded Cocktail Dress Size 6
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 1950's cocktail dress is composed of beaded applique silk chiffon. Features a center back zipper closure. In excellent vintage condition. **Please cross-reference measurement...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Black Velvet and Taffeta Vintage Party Dress With Full Skirt
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful vintage 1950's dress that is so beautifully made! The dress is black velvet with panels of gathered taffeta and pellon lining. There is a built in full taffeta un...
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1950s Evening Dresses

Beautiful 1950's Dorothy O'Hara Black Cocktail Dress
By Dorothy O'Hara
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a beautiful Dorothy O'Hara design. It is a wonderful 3/4 length dress with a gorgeous draped bow, under the bust, accented with a delightful rhinestone embellishment. The dre...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Gorgeous Black Velvet Off The Shoulder Vintage Wiggle Evening Dress, 1950s
Located in Chicago, IL
Gorgeous 1950s black velvet and satin off-the-shoulder wiggle dress! Couture quality, with so much attention to detail. The zipper has been professionally replaced up the back. Figur...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Dorothy O'Hara Vintage Black Crepe + Velvet Cocktail Sheath Dress
Located in Sparks, NV
Gorgeous vintage 1950s Dorothy O'Hara sheath dress in black crepe and black velvet. Unlined with rear metal zip and hook closure with an elastic band and hook closure that stretches ...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950s Cinch Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress with shawl collar with fringe detail . The dress has wonderful tailoring and opens with a side zip, and is fully lined.
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Chic Crepe Sleeveless Perfect Vintage 50s Little Black Sheath Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Perfect late 1950s black crepe sleeveless dress! The perfect LBD that is an essential timeless addition to any wardrobe. Features soft black crepe, with a wrap around strap that butt...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Samuel Winston Black and Gold Cocktail Dress w Exquisite Bodice Detailing
By Samuel Winston
Located in San Francisco, CA
A beautiful 1950s Samuel Winston cocktail dress with full black taffeta skirt and exquisite bodice detailing in gold silk satin and ruched chiffon.Back zipper and organza and horseha...
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1950s Informal Dresses

Chic 1950s Black French Lace Nude Illusion Vintage 50s Silk Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic 1950s black French lace cocktail dress! Features luxurious black French lace, with a fitted bodice and flattering forgiving skirt. Full metal zipper with hook-and-eye closure. C...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950s black silk and Guipure lace cocktail dress larger size
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage 1950s black silk and lace cocktail dress, beautifully made dress in a classic late 1950s style. The black Guipure lace bodice is lined with sheer nude fabric, the shoulder st...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Black Satin Party Dress with Velvet Trim and Floral Detail
Located in Houston, TX
1950's black satin cocktail dress with velvet trim and excellent velvet floral detail. The dress is lined with linen and has short sleeves. The bottom of the skirt has box style plea...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s 50s Black Silk Taffeta + Lace Strapless " New Look " Vintage Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Gorgeous 1950s strapless silk taffeta dress! Jet black color, with black lace accents at bust. Couture quality workmanship, with a built in underdress to help hold the dress up, and ...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Black and White Strapless Ombré Tulle Ballerina Dress, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Ethereally soft and feminine from its petal bust to its chevron ruffles, this exquisite dress even includes ribbon-tied bouquets of pink flowers around the skirt circumference. Very ...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Suzy Perette Vintage Dress
By Suzy Perette
Located in Sparks, NV
Gorgeous vintage 1950s cocktail dress in metallic gold and black satin by Suzy Perette. Fully lined with rear metal zip and hook closure. The marked size is 12, but the dress fits li...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Nina Ricci Couture Brown + Black Medallion Print Silk Vintage 50s Dress
By Nina Ricci
Located in Chicago, IL
Wonderful mid-late 50s NINA RICCI Couture brown and black medallion print silk dress ! Feataures symmetrical medallion prints on an iridescent silk. Wrap style with interior button a...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Demi Couture Black Silk Crepe Dramatic Sequin Neck Fringe Vintage Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Wonderful 50s black silk crepe dramatic neck sequin wiggle dress! Features a shawl like collar drenched with thousands of hand-sewn black sequins. Dipped low back reveals just the ri...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Demi Couture Black Chantilly Lace Beaded Fit n' Flare Vintage 50s Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning 1950s demi couture black chantilly lace beaded long sleeve fit n' flare dress! There are so many details on this beauty! Tailored bodice with thousands of hand-sewn black se...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Demi Couture Gold + Black Silk Brocade and Chiffon Vintage 50s Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful 1950s demi couture gold and black silk brocade and chiffon cocktail dress! Features a tailored gold and black silk flower brocade bodice, with a forgiving black silk chiffo...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

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1950s Black Dresses For Sale on 1stDibs

Find an extraordinary variety of 1950s black dresses available on 1stDibs. Our collection of 1950s black dresses includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Gray, Brown and protectString (more). 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 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, all of which have proven very popular over the years. 1950s black dresses such as these have likely been a part of the legacy of many fashion designers, but those produced by Ceil Chapman, Christian Dior and Suzy Perette are consistently popular. Finding accessories for sale for women should be easy, but there are 10 pieces available to browse for men as well as unisex, too.

How Much are 1950s Black Dresses?

On average, 1950s black dresses on 1stDibs sell for $838, while they’re typically $125 on the low end and $28,000 for the highest priced versions of these items.

Finding the Right Evening Dresses and Gowns for You

With entire museum exhibitions dedicated to examining fashion designers and their creations, we’re finally recognizing that costuming is art. Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression, and sophisticated evening dresses and gowns by our favorite courtier play no small role in making us feel wonderful but, perhaps more importantly, making us feel like ourselves.

Evening dresses over time have conveyed specific statements about social class, position and beliefs. In the 16th century, dresses and gowns were so important that England's Queen Elizabeth I defined rules about what dresses women could wear -- guidance included long skirts and fitted bodices. Forward-thinking designers have responded to this history.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel reimagined traditionally masculine garments for feminine shapes, and her elegant evening dresses and gowns promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by layers of fabric. French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent introduced innovative and highly coveted dress designs in the 1960s while at the same time challenging sexist stereotypes about which members of society could wear tuxedos. Works by unconventional British designer John Galliano — featured in houses like Givenchy and Dior — redefined limits that dressmakers faced in terms of material, construction and vision during the late 20th century. 

Today’s designers target an increasingly broad audience with their boundary-crossing work, and their tendency to play off of each other’s ideas means that every walk down the runway is also a walk through an entire history of fashion design and dress craftsmanship. 

Whether you gravitate toward backless maxi dresses or silk charmeuse gowns by Alexander McQueen or embellished, ruffled floral-print designs by Chloe or Versace, there is an extraordinary collection of vintage and designer evening dresses and gowns waiting for you on 1stDibs. 

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