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80s Ball Gown

VINTAGE 80'S ARNOLD SCAASI DRESS COCKTAIL GOWN w/POLKA DOTS & BLACK ROSES
By Arnold Scaasi Couture
Located in Palm Springs, CA
True collector's piece VINTAGE 80'S ARNOLD SCAASI DRESS COCKTAIL GOWN w/POLKA DOTS & BLACK ROSES
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1980s Ball Gowns

rare MOSCHINO Couture! 2014 Junk Food Potato Chip ruffle one shoulder gown dress
By Moschino
Located in Hong Kong, NT
rare MOSCHINO Couture! 2014 Junk Food Potato Chip ruffle one shoulder gown dress IT40 S Reference
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2010s Ball Gowns

Incredible Vintage David Fielden 80s Black Silk Sequin Tulle British Ball Gown
By DAVID FIELDEN
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning vintage 1980s DAVID FIELDEN black silk and tulle sequin Avant Garde evening dress! Features layers and layers of black embroidered tulle on the skirt, with dramatic matching...
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1980s English Evening Gowns

1980s Vicky Tiel Couture Size 12 / 46 Beaded Light Blue 80s Silk Gown + Bolero
By Vicky Tiel
Located in San Diego, CA
Sensational early 1980s VICKY TIEL COUTURE light skin blue strapless beaded ball gown and matching
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1980s French Evening Gowns

Christian Lacroix Rare Haute Couture Runway Jacket Blouse Ball Skirt, Corset
By Christian Lacroix, Christian Lacroix Paris
Located in Los Angeles, CA
In the early 80's Christian Lacroix was hailed as the new emerging designer of contemporary Haute
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1990s Evening Gowns

1980 black velvet dress with silver polka dots and Lanvin label
By Lanvin Paris
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
80's Tulip or ball dress in black velvet and silver sequined dots. The skirt is lined with a black
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1980s French Cocktail Dresses

1990's Oscar De La Renta Silk Pink and Green Blouse
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in North Hollywood, CA
the years, as the large selection of items below attests, but whether bolero or ball gown, vintage or
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1980 Pauline Trigere Red Silk Taffeta & Black Lace Overlay Cocktail Dress
By Pauline Trigère
Located in Gresham, OR
A beautiful and dramatic 1980s Pauline Trigere red silk taffeta cocktail dress with gorgeous black lace overlay: Puff-sleeved with a black velvet belt tied at center front, this bold...
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1980s American Cocktail Dresses

Diamond Necklace Tiara
By Diamond Scene New York
Located in New York, NY
A MASTERPIECE! 46.75 carats of white pear, marquise and round brilliant cut diamonds set in 18k white gold. The piece can be worn as a necklace and easily converted into a tiara...
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Ralph Lauren S/S 2009 white ivory silk plunging halter neck wedding gown dress
By Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Located in Paris, FR
LOVE LALI VINTAGE An incredibly rare gown by Ralph Lauren Collection Purple label S/S 2009 Called the Fabienne dress The most beautiful halter neck gown in ivory silk with a plungin...
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Early 2000s American Evening Gowns

1998 Gucci by Tom Ford Black One Shoulder Crystal G Gown Dress
By Tom Ford, Gucci
Located in Austin, TX
1998 Gucci by Tom Ford Black One Shoulder Crystal G Gown Dress Condition: Very Good. No holes or stains, no missing crystals. Rayon & Spandex Made in Italy Bust: 32"- 40", Waist: 30"...
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1990s Italian Evening Dresses and Gowns

Callaghan by Romeo Gigli embroidered cotton mesh blouse and wrap skirt, ss 1990
By CALLAGHAN, Romeo Gigli
Located in London, GB
▪ Callaghan blouse and skirt set ▪ Designed by Romeo Gigli ▪ Black cotton-mesh with intricate floral embroidery allover ▪ Cropped button-up blouse with cap sleeves ▪ Circular cut w...
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1990s Italian Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

Rare Dolce & Gabbana 1990s Vintage Corset Dress with Giraffe Animal Print 40
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Switzerland, CH
BREATHTAKING DOLCE & GABBANA ANIMAL PRINT CORSET DRESS COLLECTOR'S PIECE SEEN ON BEYONCE AND SATC'S SAMANTHA DETAILS: A DOLCE & GABBANA classic signature piece that will las...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Cocktail Dresses

1990s Blumarine Anna Molinari Sexy Black Crstyal Studded Vintage Jersey Gown 90s
By Blumarine, Anna Molinari
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy vintag early 90s BLUMARINE by ANNA MOLINARI black slinky rayon jersey halter floor length evening dress! Super soft rayon jersey clings to the body in all the right places, and ...
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1990s Italian Evening Gowns

Vicky Tiel Couture Silk Ruched Corset Top
By Vicky Tiel
Located in Water Mill, NY
A beautiful off white silk corset top from Vicky Tiel. It is worn off the shoulders with elbow length sleeves, a sweetheart cut neckline and ruching throughout in angles. The front...
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1990s French Blouses and Tops

1970s Vintage Loris Azzaro Beaded Silver & Gold Metallic Crochet Top with Chains
By Loris Azzaro
Located in Portland, OR
This is an absolutely gorgeous 1970s silver and gold metallic lurex crochet top from Loris Azzaro. This vintage short sleeve top has metal chain fringe and amber and clear beads as...
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1970s French Blouses

Emma Domb Ivory Floor Length Bateau Neck Wedding Gown with Empire Bow - S, 1950s
By Emma Domb
Located in Tucson, AZ
If you don't have the luxury of changing clothes between the wedding and reception, consider this floor-length gown to fill both roles. Its shorter hemline and swirling skirt are ide...
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1950s American Wedding Dresses

1990s Vintage Christian Dior Demi Couture Numbered Peplum Jacket and Skirt Suit
By Christian Dior
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage charcoal grey wool Christian Dior Boutique Demi Couture Suit from the late 1980s or early 1990's is a timeless classic featuring a fun peplum jacket and a slim skirt. We...
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1990s European Skirt Suits

Roberto Cavalli red and gold brocade-print silk evening slip dress, fw 2004
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in London, GB
▪ Roberto Cavalli evening slip dress ▪ Red and gold brocade-print silk ▪ Black lace overlay on the breasts with raw edges ▪ Spaghetti straps ▪ Silk ribbon bow detail ▪ Full ruff...
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Early 2000s Italian Evening Dresses and Gowns

Ultra Fine Silk 1960s Ivory Vintage Dress W Draped Bodice in a Bold Blue Floral
Located in Portland, OR
This exceptional vintage mid century dress is made from some of the finest silk we've come across! When I tell you that it feels like butter, I mean, literally that soft of a silk! T...
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1960s European Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 1970 Guy Laroche Couture Embroidered Silk Billow Sleeve Low Plunge Gown
By Guy Laroche
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous Guy Laroche Haute Couture numbered silk-chiffon gown dating back to his romantic 1970 spring-summer collection. Guy Laroche was an assistant to the famous Jean Desses before...
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1970s French Wedding Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano gold chiffon jacquard evening dress, ss 2001
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior evening dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Metallic gold silk chiffon jacquard ▪ Multiple flounces attached with gold zippers ▪ Matching shawl / headscarf ▪ Asy...
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Early 2000s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

A Loris Azzaro Couture Embroidered Sequins Evening Dress Circa 1970/1980
By Loris Azzaro, Loris Azzaro Couture
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1970/1980 France Paris Loris Azzaro Haute Couture evening dress embroidered with black sequins dating from the 70's. Entirely embroidered with black sequins superimposed like ...
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80s Arnold Scaasi Black Flocked Strapless Ball Gown
By Arnold Scaasi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredibly dramatic evening gown - perfect for any gala. By the late, great Arnold Scaasi. Black
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1980s American Evening Gowns

Valentino Boutique 80's Ball Gown
By Valentino
Located in Montgomery, TX
Valentino Boutique Ball Gown No label size (waist 15", bust 18") Feathers, Taffeta silk.
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1980s Evening Gowns

Scaasi 80s Silk Taffeta Gown w/ Elizabeth Arden Evening Coat
Located in Gresham, OR
A fabulous Scaasi 80s silk taffeta ball gown in ruched emerald green (size 8) and an exquisite
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1950s American Ball Gowns

Christian Dior Blue/Purple Iridescent Strapless Silk Ball Gown
By Christian Dior
Located in Gresham, OR
A late 70s, early 80s Christian Dior strapless silk taffeta ballgown in purple/blue with "petal
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1970s French Ball Gowns

Scaasi Bold Floral Brocade Strapless Gown
By Arnold Scaasi
Located in Gresham, OR
This is a great Arnold Scaasi gown that is a classic 50s style strapless fitted bodice with draped
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1980s American Ball Gowns

MATICEVSKI 2020 Runway Significant Gown black crisp halter cascade AUS10 S
Located in Hong Kong, NT
MATICEVSKI 2020 Runway Significant Gown black crisp halter cascade AUS10 S Reference: JYLM/A00025
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21st Century and Contemporary Australian Ball Gowns

BADGLEY MISCHKA sky blue silk bead embellished embroidered gown dress UK10
By Badgley Mischka
Located in Hong Kong, NT
BADGLEY MISCHKA sky blue silk bead embellished embroidered gown dress UK10 Reference: LACG/A00213
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2010s Ball Gowns

MARCHESA NOTTE grey embroidered mesh embellished belt tulle hem gown US6
By Marchesa
Located in Hong Kong, NT
MARCHESA NOTTE grey embroidered mesh embellished belt tulle hem gown US6 Reference: LACG/A00212
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2010s Ball Gowns

80s Haute Allemand One-Shoulder Ball Gown
Located in Gresham, OR
Gorgeous and Fierce! German-made Pure silk taffeta and tulle ball gown with spectacular one
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1980s German Evening Gowns

Vintage Valentino Red satin ball gown dress, Evening dress
By Valentino
Located in NEWARK, GB
A truly magnificent vintage Valentino Boutique red satin ball gown dress. This is a strapless and
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Late 20th Century European Evening Gowns

Miss Dior Balloon Sleeve Sheer Gown, 1980s
By Miss Dior
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Be the belle of the ball in our amazing 1980s Miss Dior balloons sleeve gown! From Christian Dior's
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1980s French Evening Gowns

Valentino Boutique 80's Silk Taffeta Feathers Black Gown
By Valentino
Located in Montgomery, TX
Valentino Boutique Black Ball Gown No label size (waist 30", bust 36") Feathers, Taffeta
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1980s Italian Ball Gowns

rare MOSCHINO Couture! runway blue aluminium can paillette embellished one
By Moschino
Located in Hong Kong, NT
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2010s Ball Gowns

Documented 1980s Patrick Kelly Black Wool Pool Ball Vintage 80s Novelty Dress
By Patrick Kelly
Located in San Diego, CA
Absolutely amazing musuem worthy PATRICK KELLY black long sleeve high neck bodycon 80s wool 'pool
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1980s French Cocktail Dresses

Documented Chanel Haute Couture Guipure Lace Gown, Spring-Summer 1981
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
at Chanel in the early 80's. Crafted in a refined tulle "point d'esprit" guipure lace, with
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1980s French Ball Gowns

OSCAR DE LA RENTA 2018 sheer yoke ruffle off shoulder flute skirt dress US6 S
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in Hong Kong, NT
OSCAR DE LA RENTA 2018 sheer yoke ruffle off shoulder flute skirt dress US6 S Brand: Oscar De La
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2010s American Ball Gowns

Annabelinda 1970s Silk Romantic Evening Dress
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
vintage late 70s/ early 80s evening / ball gown by iconic British boutique label, Annabelinda who were
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1970s British Evening Gowns

Swee Lo Vintage Beaded Silk Evening Gown
By SWEE LO
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
A stunning vintage maxi evening gown from the 80s by Swee Lo. In a yellow pure silk completely
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1980s Ball Gowns

Christian Dior New York Demi Couture Silk Scarlet Evening Dress, Circa 1950s
By Christian Dior
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Christian Dior New York Demi-Couture, "New Look", Circa 1950's silk scarlet evening dress, fitted
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1950s American Ball Gowns

Oscar de la Renta Vintage 80's Leopard Print Silk Ball Gown
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Oscar de la Renta Vintage 80's Leopard Print Silk Ball Gown. Size 6 Bust 36" Waist 28" Hip 42
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Oscar de la Renta Vintage 80's Ice Blue Silk Taffeta 2 Pc Evening Dress
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Oscar de la Renta Vintage 80's Ice Blue Silk Taffeta 2 Pc Evening Dress. Featuring a sleeveless top
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1980s American Evening Dresses

Albert Capraro Vintage Metallic Gold Lamé Maxi Skirt, 1980s
By Albert Capraro
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
alternative to a ball gown. In a gold lurex / lame with gathers at the waist which creates beautiful soft
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1980s American Pleated Skirts

Oscar de la Renta Purple Silk Damask Satin Jacquard Ultra Wide Leg Palazzo Pants
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
to an evening / ball gown. - Made in the USA - Fully lined in an irridescent - Back popper
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1980s American Wide Leg Pants

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80s Ball Gown For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary 80s ball gown for your needs in our varied inventory. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Blue, Gray and more. If you’re looking for a 80s ball gown from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. An accessory like this designed by Valentino, Arnold Scaasi and Catherine Walker — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured item — is worth considering.

How Much is a 80s Ball Gown?

Prices for a 80s ball gown can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $221 and can go as high as $3,595, while, on average they fetch $800.

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.

Questions About 80s Ball Gown
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Ball gowns are sometimes called evening gowns or gowns. It is also technically correct to refer to a ball gown as a dress. However, the term dress can also describe pieces that are more casual than gowns. Shop a range of ball gowns from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A ball gown dress and a princess dress are different names for the same style of cut in a wedding dress. This style of dress features a flattering fitted bodice and a full, voluminous skirt that flares out at the waist. The term ball gown is associated with more volume in the skirt than the term princess dress. Browse 1stDibs to find a beautiful array of wedding dresses from top boutiques around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 15, 2023
    One of the most popular types of dresses during the 1980s was a tight-fitting sheath with oversized shoulder pads. Peplum accents were also common as were large puffy sleeves. On 1stDibs, find a collection of 1980s vintage dresses on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Yes, tracksuits were popular in the 1980s. During the decade, the world of fitness heavily influenced fashion, with everything from leg warmers and tracksuits transitioning from the gym to the runways and the street. Velour tracksuits were especially popular looks of the day. Explore a collection of 1980s apparel on 1stDibs.

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