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1980s Prom Dress

1980s Prom Night Blacke Dress Embellished Pois on Skirt
Located in Capri, IT
1980s Prom Night Blacke Dress Embellished Pois on Skirt Totally made in italy Composition
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1980s Italian Evening Dresses and Gowns

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By Emma Domb
Located in San Francisco, CA
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Located in London, GB
A slinky and easty to wear vintage slip dress in a pretty ivory colour. The dress has a net bodice and side opening. Measurements Bust 33'', waist 29'',length 65''
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Important 1950's Emilio Schuberth Italian Couture Under The Sea Motif Satin Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
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1950s Italian Wedding Dresses

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By Lillie Rubin
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
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Early 20th Century American Wedding Dresses

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Located in Capri, IT
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1980s Italian Coats and Outerwear

Pink-Lavender New Look Strapless Tiered Lace Ballerina Party Dress – S-M, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
A candy colored confection smack dab between pink and lavender, this little trifle is similar to a Christian Dior Haute Couture gown that debuted at the 2011 Resort/Cruise show in Sh...
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1950s Unknown Ballerina Dresses

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Located in San Francisco, CA
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Located in San Francisco, CA
1990s Pink Low Waisted Ruffled Dress. Zips up back to low v point, bow detail at center back snaps onto one side.
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1960s Evening Dresses and Gowns

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By Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen
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Located in Beverly Hills, CA
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Yves Saint Laurent 1985 Vintage Black Strapless Runway Evening Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
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Max Mara White & Brown Printed Canvas Belted Coat M
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
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By Sonia Rykiel
Located in Prague, CZ
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1970s Vintage Green Flowers Skirt
Located in Capri, IT
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Gina Fratini Vintage 80s Blue Silk Ruffle Evening Cocktail Dress, 1980s
By Gina Fratini
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
fabric with an off the shoulder design with cute bows adding a playful touch. This 1980s dress is perfect
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

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Finding the Right evening-dresses for You

With entire museum exhibitions dedicated to examining fashion designers and their creations, we’re finally recognizing that costuming is art. Evening dresses over time have conveyed specific statements about social class, position and beliefs. Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression, and sophisticated vintage evening dresses and gowns by our favorite couturier play no small role in making us feel wonderful but, perhaps more importantly, making us feel like ourselves.

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. Christian Dior's gowns celebrated luxury and femininity in the late 1940s — and gave to women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of the war. 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. From his embroidered absinthe-green Oscars gown for actress Nicole Kidman to the iconic sleeveless Dior newspaper dress that Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw made famous, Galliano’s intricate and multifaceted work is reliably collectible and newsworthy

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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