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Versace Pleated Silk Chiffon Dress with Purple Netting Detail circa 1980s
By Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a pleated mint colored chiffon dress by Versace Atelier c. 1980s. It features a purple silk woven net that covers the bodice and also gives the dress its straps. A partial ...
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1970s Bill Blass Black Knot Front Cocktail Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant and unusual cocktail dress by Bill Blass. The dress is knee length, with a fitted silhouette, and sleeveless. The dress has an empire - like shape, with a figure - eight swee...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie Black Lace Illusion Dress w Paper Bag Waist
By Bob Mackie
Located in Portland, OR
This is an absolutely gorgeous Bob Mackie vintage black dress from the 1980's. The lace illusion bodice has a tan lining and is adorned with sequins and ribbons, with eyelash scallop...
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Louis Feraud Strapless Cocktail Dress, 1980s
By Louis Feraud
Located in Port Hope, ON
Crepe and satin blue and black dress, with elegant graduated ruffles ending in a straight skirt, and a boned top.
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1980s Chloe Sheer Black Beaded Cocktail Dress
By Chloe
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Not your average LBD. 1980s cocktail/black tie dress Inspired by the layered evening dressing of the 1920s. Stunning 3 piece black hand beaded creation . Features a black slip, under...
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Vintage Halston Pink and Gold Metallic Lace Strapless 1980s 80s Cocktail Dress
By Halston
Located in Chicago, IL
Prettiest vintage Halston strapless cocktail dress! Vibrant light pink, with an overlay of gold metallic lace. Slight drop waist, with a full skirt (could easily put a crinoline/pett...
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1980s Black Ribbed Carwash Fringe Cocktail Dress
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Hit the dance floor in our incredible 1980s fringe cocktail dress! Made of a silky black ribbed fabric with detailed vertical stitching. Sleeveless fit with an ever so flattering v n...
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Victor Costa Black Lace Cocktail Dress (8), 1980s
By Victor Costa
Located in Port Hope, ON
A sophisticated dress made of cotton, nylon and rayon, with a peach colored lining. Nice heavy lace with a floral pattern and clearly raised borders. The neckline is see-through as ...
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1980s Black Velvet Open Back Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Black Velvet Open Back Cocktail Dress. Front bodice has cutout detail embellished with rhinestones. Sides and back are open, with buckles to hold dress in place. Shoulders are ...
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1980s Giani Versace Couture Black Cocktail Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Giani Versace Couture Black Cocktail Dress. An interesting vintage Giani Versace black cocktail dress. This piece feels both retro and current at the same time, and is a wonde...
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Pierre Balmain Dress, Circa 1980
By Pierre Balmain Couture
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1980 France Pierre Balmain summer dress in blue silk with polka dots in shades of yellow, pink white and black. Round neck, short kimono sleeves, tightened dress at the waist,...
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  • Pierre Balmain Dress, Circa 1980
  • Pierre Balmain Dress, Circa 1980
  • Pierre Balmain Dress, Circa 1980
  • Pierre Balmain Dress, Circa 1980
Size: Equivalent French Size 40/42
Victor Costa Black & White Strapless Cocktail Dress, 1980s
By Victor Costa for Saks Fifth Avenue
Located in Wallkill, NY
Sexy strapless Victor Costa Black Cocktail Dress with white ribbon and embellishments. Victor Costa for Saks Fifth Avenue. The strapless dress has a fitted bodice. The full skirt is...
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1980s Ungaro Blue & Black Lame Ruched Cocktail Dress
By Emanuel Ungaro
Located in London, GB
This black and blue 1980's lame dress is by renowned French designer Emanuel Ungaro. Sleeveless but with an exaggerated double layer of ruffles at the shoulders, ruched fabric wrappe...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent/YSL Black Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche jet black cut velvet cocktail dress. Asymmetrical neckline with long sleeves and rhinestone embellished gold and black buttons. Slightly fitted t...
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1980s Grey Taffeta Strapless Cocktail Dress & Bolero Set
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Grey Taffeta Strapless Cocktail Dress & Bolero Set. Petal-like skirt with decorative ribbons over tulle underskirt. Fully shirred back. Comes with cropped bolero.
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1980s Victor Costa Black Cocktail Dress w/ Jeweled Waist M
By Victor Costa
Located in Port Hope, ON
Elegant cocktail dress with a soft jersey top and satin skirt with a mesh lining for shape purposes. There is a delightful shimmering sequin beaded paisley design at the waist, and a...
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1980's Mira Black and Gold Shimmy Cocktail Dress
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Chic shimmy style black and gold dress by Mira from the 1980s. Black devorre velvet and gold lame in V pattern. Beaded fringe along hem and down back with black and bronze beads. Sid...
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1980s Vicky Tiel "Fauve" shirred drape cocktail dress
By Vicky Tiel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1980s Vicky Tiel "Fauve" shirred drape black jersey cocktail dress. Sweetheart neckline, long sleeves, keyhole back. Dress is shirred and draped for a sexy fit. Fully lined. Closes...
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1980s Tan Giudicelli Couture velvet & silk cocktail dress
By Tan Giudicelli
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Tan Giudicelli designed for Chloe & Hermes, opening his own design house in 1984, backed by Gunther Sachs, who at the time was one of the richest people in the world. His clothing wa...
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1980s Ungaro Red Silk Kiss Dress
By Emanuel Ungaro
Located in Paris, FR
1980s Emanuel Ungaro red silk dress featuring a kiss lips motive jacquard, a hight pleated collar, zipped cuffs, front buttons opening, fancy shoulders details, side pockets. In exce...
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Yves Saint Laurent Silk Moiré cocktail dress . Circa 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent was a designer of the old manner who understood how to cut . His work is about perfection of line. The designer was all about how to work with a beautiful fabric....
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Nina Ricci 1980s Black Wool and Silk Cocktail Dress
By Nina Ricci
Located in London, GB
This dramatic Nina Ricci 1980s cocktail dress is a wonderful combination of feminine tailoring and statement design features. The dress is silk lined with a fine black wool crepe ove...
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Raffaella Curiel 1980's Black Strapless Cocktail Dress with Roses
By Raffaella Curiel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Fun 1980s Raffaella Curiel strapless, drop waist cocktail dress. Black ruched bodice with scalloped rose printed layered skirt and bust detail. Small black cut velvet polka dots add ...
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A vintage 1980s pink strapless cocktail dress by Tomasz Starzewski
By Tomasz Starzewski
Located in London, GB
A real head turner for the party season. This dress is a wonderful shade of shocking pink , in a quilted fabric on the outer layer , with a black velvet under skirt, fold over top an...
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Victor Costa Black Cocktail Dress, "NEW" 1980s w/Original Tag
By Victor Costa
Located in Port Hope, ON
Wonderful cocktail dress with a sweetheart neckline; boning; snap fastening at bottom of V and waist; gathered pleats, and skirt which presents in three layers. Made in the USA of po...
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1980s Mr. Beene Geoffrey Beene Spaghetti Strap Cocktail Dress
By Geoffrey Beene
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Size: Small Bust: 32 inches/ Waist: 26 inches/ Dress length: 36 inches
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Valentino Missy Black Cocktail Dress with Satin Trim, 1980s
By Valentino
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Valetino Missy Black Cocktail Dress w/ Satin Trim. Organza peek-a-boo bib collar. Satin bow decorates trim at mid-thigh.
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1980's Black Velvet Valentino Cocktail Dress With Jersey Sash
By Valentino
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Long sleeve black velvet Valentino cocktail dress from the 1980's with a jersey sash detail. The dress has a boat style neckline, slight puffed shoulders and tapered sleeves with zip...
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1980's Isabelle Allard Black Velvet & Emerald Satin Cocktail Dress
By Isabelle Allard
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980's black velvet and emerald satin cocktail dress by the French designer Isabelle Allard. The dress has a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and pencil style skirt. The sleeves an...
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Sweetheart Munich Red Floral Print Strapless Cocktail Dress, 1980s
Located in Munich, DE
This floral print strapless bustier dress in vibrant red features a sweetheart neckline, a boned bodice and a detachable flower in matching fabric. It has a concealed rear 31 cm - 12...
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1980s Victor Costa Black Tiered Chiffon Strapless Cocktail Dress
By Victor Costa
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Stunning 1980s Victor Costa black strapless cocktail dress. Tiers of folded chiffon with a silver reflect throughout that catches the light beautifully. Boned bodice, with a-line tea...
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LOUIS FERAUD c.1980's Black Asymmetrical Tiered Ruffle Cocktail Dress
By Louis Feraud
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage Louis Feraud c.1980's black asymmetrical tiered ruffle cocktail dress. Black satin asymmetrical ruffle four tier over skirt. Matte shift under skirt with right side seam slit...
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1980s Cocktail Dress in Powder Pink with Pearl Decoration.
Located in London, GB
A head turning cocktail dress in a pretty powder pink colour with pearl decoration on the sleeves and waistband. It has a wrap over v neckline and asymetric waist band. It has a cent...
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Jacques Fath Navy Blue Micro Pleated Cocktail Dress, 1980s
By Jacques Fath
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Adorable 1980s Jacques Fath cocktail dress. Horizontal micro pleated navy blue and black with thin white vertical stripes. Vertical micro pleated frill at hem with white underskirt. ...
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VALENTINO 1980'S Black Draped Cocktail Dress Size 6-8
By Valentino
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Valentino dress is composed of a draped black fabric. There is a center back zipper closure. Wonderful design. In excellent vintage condition. **Please cross-reference me...
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1980S AZZEDINE ALAIA Sexy Open Back Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
1980S AZZEDINE ALAIA Sexy Open Back Dress
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Adriana Kastern Black Green Wool Bow Evening Cocktail Dress 1980s
Located in Brindisi, Bt
Adriana Kastern vintage 80s evening dress. 100% wool, black with a green waist bow, knee length, crew neck and 3/4 sleeves. Made in Italy. Excellent vintage condition. Size: 46 It ...
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Stanley Platos Black Tulle and Lace Ballerina Cocktail Dress, 1980s
By Stanley Platos
Located in Atlanta, GA
This 'little black dress' by Stanley Platos & Martin Ross has a youthful countenance with ballerina style details to give it something extra. The flattering silhouette is fitted at ...
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1980S FABIAN MOLINA Purple Rayon Jersey Draped Strapless Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1980S FABIAN MOLINA Purple Rayon Jersey Draped Strapless Cocktail Dress
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Circa 1980 Bill Blass Black Silk Cocktail Dress With a Twist
By Bill Blass
Located in Atlanta, GA
Bill Blass puts a sophisticated twist on the ‘little black dress’. This sleek design is fabricated from a fine silk faille with a ruched detail at the bodice that criss crosses to c...
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1980's Zandra Rhodes Black Velvet And Gold Fringe Cocktail Dress
By Zandra Rhodes
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Black velvet Zandra Rhodes cocktail dress from the 1980's. The long sleeve, high neck dress has an intricate gold thread embroidered mid section that finishes with a fringe along the...
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Vintage Laurence Kazar black chiffon bugle beaded cocktail dress 1980s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Laurence Kazar black chiffon bugle beaded cocktail dress 1980s...Sleeveless, fitted cocktail dress has bands of dense beading at the neck, arms and hem, the body of the dress...
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Bill Blass Chic Black Wool & Satin Strapless Cocktail Dress c 1980s
By Bill Blass
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Bill Black Chic black wool & satin strapless cocktail dress The classic evening dress is designed with wool & satin stripes. The wide satin stripe panels are on a diagonal slant ...
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Vintage 1980's Black & Pink Sequin Ruffle Cocktail Dress Size Small
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage 1980's cocktail dress is composed of black and pink sequins with cascading ruffles throughout. Features spaghetti straps and a large front flower applique form fitting s...
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Victor Costa Black and Pink Silk Cocktail Dress, Circa 1980s
By Victor Costa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is black silk cocktail dress with a hot pink underlay by Victor Costa, from the 1980's. The dress is strapless with a structured bodice, a bow on the side hip, and a zipper up t...
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1980s Carolyne Roehm Black Cocktail Dress with Gold Roman Details
By Carolyne Roehm
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980s Carolyne Roehm black cocktail dress featuring a wool bodice and a drop waist silk taffeta skirt with a crinoline. Neckline is embellished with gold and silver fabric, beads and...
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Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Embroidered Cocktail Dress circa 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a black haute couture cocktail dress by Yves Saint Laurent c. 1980s. The body is a fine mesh embroidered with black straw to create a floral motif. It is also lined a brown...
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Valentino Black wool One Shoulder Cocktail Dress, 1980's size 8-10
By Valentino
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a black one shoulder cocktail dress bt Valentino, from the 1980's. The dress has a wrapped front layer and gathers at the armhole. : Size 10
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1980S DONNA KARAN Black Wool Knit Low Cut Cocktail Dress
By Donna Karan
Located in New York, NY
1980S DONNA KARAN Black Wool Knit Low Cut Cocktail Dress
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Akira Isogawa Pink Cocktail Dress with Oversize Jewel Cummerbund Bow – M, 1980s
By Akira Isogawa
Located in Tucson, AZ
Though it’s almost a half century old, this cocktail dress—with its oversize front bow, puffed shoulders and cinched waist—could have walked off the spring runway. Created by one of ...
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1980 Arnold Scaasi Silk Changeant Cocktail Dress w/ Black Velvet & Ruffle Stripe
By Arnold Scaasi
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Arnold Scaasi off-the-shoulder cocktail dress with black velvet and ruffled horizontal stripes. Silk changeant taffeta in olive/slate palette. Stand-up bandeau décolletage and ...
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Richilene Cocktail Dress
By Richilene
Located in Riverdale, NY
Charming cocktail dress by Richilene. Bodice heavily embroidered with black and iridiscent sequins with white glass and white chenille floss florals. Flirty multilayered skirt of poi...
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1980 Adolfo Gold Lace & Sequin Pouf Shoulder Cocktail Mini Dress Size 4
By Adolfo
Located in San Francisco, CA
Early 1980s Adolfo sequined and beaded gold lace 3/4 sleeve mini dress with pouf shoulder. Gold bead banding at hem, collar and cuff. Back zipper. Unlined.
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1980s Iconic Yves Saint Laurent Velvet and Silk Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
1980s Iconic Yves Saint Laurent velvet and silk dress featuring spaghetti shoulder straps, a taffetas silk skirt part, a large waist bow belt, a silk lining. In excellent vintage con...
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1980s Samir One Shoulder Black Metallic Rainbow Vintage 80s Cocktail Dress
By SAMIR
Located in Chicago, IL
Beuatiful 1980s SAMIR black metallic rainbow one shoulder cocktail dress! Features flattering and forgiving ruching throughout. Black backdrop with a colorful rainbow metallic sheen....
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1980s Black Velvet Vicky Tiel Cocktail Dress with Royal Blue Bodice
By Vicky Tiel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
WELCOME BACK 1980's! Black velvet Vicky Tiel cocktail dress with a sexy sweetheart style neckline, a favourite look for Vicky Tiel, and a ruched royal blue velvet front bodice with s...
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1980s Fabrice Black Silk Cocktail Dress with Floral Beading and Tassel
By Fabrice
Located in Houston, TX
Incredible 1980s - does - 1940s Fabrice black silk cocktail dress! The dress is knee length, with long sleeves and a jewel neckline. The dress has a sheath silhouette, with a sarong ...
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1980S VALENTINO Black Silk Velvet & Ruched Satin One Shoulder Cocktail Dress
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
1980S VALENTINO Black Silk Velvet & Ruched Satin One Shoulder Cocktail Dress
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Gianfranco Ferre 1980s Crimson Cocktail Dress With Shocking Pink Fan Detail
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in London, GB
This arresting 1980s crimson silk cocktail dress by Gianfranco Ferre is of excellent quality and features a show-stopping design. The piece combines stylish simplicity with flamboyan...
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1980s Louis Féraud Black Velvet & Satin Sequin Beads Embellished Cocktail Dress
By Louis Feraud
Located in Munich, DE
This is an exquisite 1980s elaborately beaded and sequined Louis Féraud black pure cotton velvet and vibrant coloured satin cocktail dress. The knee-length dress features an abstract...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of 1980s cocktail dresses for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re looking for Black 1980s cocktail dresses and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Red, Gray and more. 1980s cocktail dresses designed by Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Blass and Victor Costa — each of whom created beautiful versions of these treasured items — are worth considering. There aren’t many items for unisex if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for men and women.

How Much are 1980s Cocktail Dresses?

The prices for 1980s cocktail dresses start at $125 and top out at $32,000 with these items, on average, selling for $799.

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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