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1970's Custom Made Red Silk Tired Dress with Purple Metallic Accents
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a lovely custom dress Circa 1970's. The dress is composed of a beautiful red silk with purple metallic accents. The dress features a v-neckline with sheer sleeves and a wonde...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Silk Abstract Print Creamy Peach Shift Dress
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom shift dress Silk creamy peach with abstract pink and grey print Ruffle sleeves Two side ties Has a bra strap clasp inside Pullover style
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Late 20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

1990S RICHARD TYLER Grey Silk Custom Couture Dress & Jacket
By Richard Tyler
Located in New York, NY
1990S RICHARD TYLER Grey Silk Custom Couture Dress & Jacket
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1990s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Mr. Blackwell Custom Floral Dress, Yellow, Brown, Green, Blue Peplum Maxi
By Mr. Blackwell
Located in San Francisco, CA
Stunning 1960s vintage Mr. Blackwell Custom floral print dress in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, brown, blue, and green. Peplum waist that feels like it must be enforced with hors...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

Galanos Silk Jersey Purple / Rust / Taupe Balloon Sleeve Custom Made Dress, 70s
By James Galanos
Located in San Francisco, CA
1970s James Galanos streamline and sleek draped silk jersey calf-length disco dress in color-blocked purple, rust and taupe. Asymmetrical keyhole neckline enhance this couture qualit...
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960 Spectacular Mr. Blackwell Custom Rhinestone Jeweled Black Cocktail Dress
By Mr. Blackwell
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960 Spectacular Mr. Blackwell Custom Rhinestone Jeweled Cocktail Dress. Black wool knit knee-length dress with an amazing Art Nouveau-style silver rhinestone, beaded and sequined fr...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Cream Silk Beaded Sequin Custom Cocktail Dress
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1960s custom cocktail dress Cream silk Hand beaded and sequined Back slit and zipper Fully lined Personal property of actress Maria Bello
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

Vintage 1950's Custom Lace Cocktail Dress Size 2-4
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This cocktail dress is composed of black lace with silk. The bodice features scalloped edges with a nude underlay. The skirt is shot with crinoline (not included). There is a zipper...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

Mr. Blackwell Custom Vintage Dress Rhinestones & Jewels
By Mr. Blackwell
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful black silk jersey dress by Mr. Blackwell 'Custom.' Sparkling rhinestones and beads adorn the shoulders and arm cuffs. Original removable rope belt. Stunning fit, and in gre...
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

1950 Custom Made Hunter Green Crewel Cord Embroidered Wool Dress Size 10
Located in San Francisco, CA
An unusual 1950s custom-made mid-length sleeved forest green wool day dress with gold-tone corded crewel embroidery covering the entire front of dress. Traditional crafted style embr...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

1970's Custom Black Silk Dress with Rhinestone Zipper & Buttons Size 8 10
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This dress is composed of a black silk with chiffon sleeves. Features gorgeous rhinestone accents throughout, including a function rhinestone zipper. In excellent vintage condition,...
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Vintage Off White Cream Iridescent Cocktail Dress Size 2-4
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This cocktail dress is composed of a off white and cream combination with iridescent hued sequins and faux pearl bead applique. Features sheer sleeves and bodice.There is a center b...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Hattie Carnegie Custom cream guipure lace pink silk strapless dress, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Hattie Carneige Custom couture made strapless cream guipure lace and pink silk wedding or cocktail dress from the 1950s. This gorgeous dress is handmade and a beautiful example of Ca...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Custom Purple and Silver & Gold Metallic Vintage Evening Dress With Belt
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful 1960's vintage evening dress in purple with silver and gold metallic patterns and its original belt. We acquired this from an estate we handled that included most...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Adele Simpson Custom Made Faux Cowhide Cowgirl Dress
By Adele Simpson
Located in London, GB
This fabulous and unique 1960s custom made cowgirl dress is from American designer Adele Simpson and has been beautifully constructed and hand finished in places. The fabric is a sof...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

1970S MR BLACKWELL CUSTOM Polyester Chiffon Pastel Brushstroke Print Tiered Gow
Located in New York, NY
1970S MR BLACKWELL CUSTOM Polyester Chiffon Pastel Brushstroke Print Tiered Gown With Cape Sleeves
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

Bollywood Star Silk Sari Custom Designer Beaded Embroidered Gown
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing vintage Bollywood star silk sari custom designer beaded gown. Classy brocade blouse embroidered with pearl and metallic threads with extensive bead work, appliqué and embell...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Vintage 1950's Custom Couture Beaded Jeweled Ivory Silk Hourglass Back-Bow Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
In this gorgeous 1950's ivory creme silk-faille gown, the detailed construction and meticulous attention to detail are comparable to what you will find in modern couture. This captiv...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

Vintage 1969 Gypsy Rose Lee Custom Couture Ivory Lace & Pink Silk Victorian Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An absolutely gorgeous piece of American film and celebrity history. This breathtaking Victorian ivory lace and pink silk hourglass mermaid gown was custom-made and worn by the iconi...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

Sexy VIntage Custom Made Black Silk + Sequins Gown w/ Thigh HIgh Slit & Train
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexiest vintage (early 1990s) black silk couture gown! Features a thigh high slit, that leaves just enough to the imagination. Long dramatic train off-sets the slit wonderfully! Feat...
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1990s Custom Vintage Dresses

1984 Ray Aghayan for Barbra Streisand Custom Klimt Beaded Gold Lame Dress
By Ray Aghayan
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a gold beaded Ray Aghayan dress custom-made for Barbra Streisand. This fabulous dress is the perfect culmination of the fashion, art, and pop culture worlds. Ra...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

Vintage 1976 Sonny & Cher Documented Custom-Made Bob Mackie Sequin Gown Suit Set
By Bob Mackie
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Own a major slice of celebrity history! Two important, well-documented Sonny & Cher worn garments custom made for their 1976-77 promotional pictures and Westchester/Harrah's performa...
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

1920's Custom Black and Gold Lace Velvet Trimmed Draped Dress
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage 1920s dress is composed of a black and gold lace which features a velvet trim. The wrap style dress features hook and eye closures, and snap closures. The waist and slee...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

1970'S Polyester Men's Custom One Of A Kind Snoop Style Disco Long Jacket Suit
Located in New York, NY
1970'S Polyester Men's Custom One Of A Kind Snoop Style Disco Long Jacket Suit
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

Zandra Rhodes Vintage 80s Signed Embellished Gown Custom Made
By Zandra Rhodes
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Live out all of your best princess or Zandra Rhode dreams in this custom Zandra Rhodes dress. This gown was signed by Rhodes herself in the year of 1989. Mrs. Rhodes is in the detail...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Black Taffeta Ruched Long Gown w/ Train, c. 1980's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a glamorous long gown with a train. There is no designer name attached, but the gown was custom created. This gown has a ruched v-front fitted bodice with spaghetti straps an...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960's Custom Emerald Heavily Embellished Gown and Jacket Size 4-8
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This custom 1960's ensemble is composed of a deep green embellished silk with a floral motif. The jacket features center front hook and eye closures and the gown has a center back zi...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Black Floral Beaded Applique Gown with Nude Size 2
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gown is composed of a beaded black mesh with a floral pattern, and nude lining detail. Features interior boning. There is a center back zipper closure. In great vintage conditio...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Vintage Custom Black Jewel Encrusted Gown Size 8-10
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gown is composed of a black fabric encrusted with gorgeous rhinestones at the bust and spaghetti straps. The gown has a center back zipper closure. In excellent vintage conditi...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Mr Blackwell Custom Red Crepe Beaded Gown and Cape
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mr Blackwell Custom gown Red crepe Inner boning and lining Decorative white bead, rhinestone, and gold trim V neckline Back slit Back zipper closure V-shaped separate matching...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

1990s Sexy Custom Made Black Jersey Crystal Beaded Cut Out Vintage Evening Gown
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy 90s custom made black jersey cut-out gown! Crystal rhinestone beaded halter neckline, with a matching beaded and sequined waistband. Cut-outs at the side, with a plunging neckli...
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1990s Custom Vintage Dresses

Bob Mackie Vintage Couture Custom Made Black Silk Sequin Beaded Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Exceptional vintage BOB MACKIE Couture CUSTOM MADE evening dress! This beauty is one-of-a-kind, and was made for one of Mackie's personal close friends, and cost $12,000 in 1986! A l...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

Madame Eme 1920's Custom Brown Silk Gown with Boler Size Small
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Madame Eme set is composed of a brown silk and features a floral accent. There are side hook and eye closures on the dress. The bolero has an open style with draped sleeves. In ...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom 1960's Sapphire Blue Beaded Gown with Sequins Size Small Medium
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This dress features heavy embellishment with beading and sequins in hues of blue. There is a leaf motif in beading and iridescent sequins. Center back zipper closure. In excellent vi...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Nolan Miller Attributed Custom Evening Gown Ensemble with White Fox Wrap Size S
By Nolan Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Nolan Miller attributed gown with wrap ensemble is composed of a slate blue silk and gold lame. The gown is in excellent condition and features a center back zipper. The large w...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Stunning Early 1990s Custom All Over Sequin + Crystals Pink Vintage Mermaid Gown
Located in San Diego, CA
Exquisite early 90s sequin gown! Features thousands of pale pink micro sequins throughout the dress, with crystal embellishments at sleeves, bust, and back. Beautiful mermaid silhoue...
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1990s Custom Vintage Dresses

1970's Custom Nude and White Lace Ensemble Puff Sleeve Bolero Size 4
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This ensemble is composed of a nude chiffon with white lace. Features separate lace sleeves, a puff sleeve bolero, and gown. The gown features a center back zipper. In excellent vint...
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

Black tulle and nude embroidered custom dress
Located in New York, NY
This black tulle dress has an off white ivory ribbon detail and crystal flowers. The dress is from a NY Atelier and is most likely from the 1960s. The dress is missing two of the o...
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Late 20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Asian Brocade Halter Dress, 1970s
Located in Houston, TX
Wonderfully crafted, this halter dress is sure to blow you away! With its metallic gold butterflies and splashes of color, this dress really is the perfect dress for your holiday pa...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

1980s Custom Black Sheer Back Beaded Velvet Flapper Dress
Located in Houston, TX
1980's does the 1920's in this Gorgeous black velvet dress with sheer back beading on tulle. Sleeves are beaded and have bugle bead fringe -- absolutely amazing beadwork. Sheer bac...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Mr. Blackwell Custom Black Cocktail Dress with Trim
By Mr. Blackwell
Located in Houston, TX
1960's Mr. Blackwell Custom black cocktail dress with spaghetti straps and circle skirt. The dress is an absolute 60's dream with it's ruffle trim at the bust, along the straps and f...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

VINTAGE CUSTOM MADE PARTY DRESS & CAPELET SET
Located in San Francisco, CA
Featured is a stunning set custom made by Jaxon's, Waikiki. The wrap dress is strapless in a beautiful scarlet fabric with black and gold foil asian motif print. The bodice is boned ...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

Black Lace & Velvet Evening Cocktail Dress Size 4 . Custom Piece.
Located in Atlanta, GA
Black lace & velvet evening cocktail dress is a size 4. The waist on this dress is 28.1/2" so ladies if you wear a size 4 please measure your waistline to see if this 28.1/2" waist w...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

Patricia Saunders Custom Vintage Silk + Nude Illusion Lace Dress
Located in Sparks, NV
Absolutely stunning custom made formal dress with a Spanish flare by Patricia Saunders. Couture hand stitched detailing with the highest quality fabric and craftsmanship. Gorgeous pr...
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Late 20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Bruce Oldfield Custom Made Party Dress - 1980s
By Bruce Oldfield
Located in London, Chelsea
Absolutely stunning party dress. Beige lace corset with boning. Seven layers of pink tulle. The lining is in silk satin. This dress was custom made, so great attention to detail was ...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Mr. Blackwell Custom Green Silk 2 Piece Dress and Jacket Ensemble
By Mr. Blackwell
Located in Houston, TX
Iconic 1960's Mr. Blackwell Custom silk green 2 piece dress and jacket evening ensemble. Jackie O' might have had this dress. If she didn't and saw it, she would definitely conside...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

1990s Custom Black Satin Tulle & Lace Gown
Located in Houston, TX
This dress is the absolute best of both worlds with its silky straight silhouette and va-va-voom tulle and lace bustle. Perfect for whatever extravaganza you are attending this seaso...
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1990s Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Silk Chiffon Gown from the estate of Leona Helmsley
Located in Topanga, CA
Blue silk chiffon gown with all over hand stitched ruching leading to a flowing skirt with exterme soft pleating. This dress was probably made by the in house tailor of the Helmsley's.
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1970s Custom Vintage Dresses

1950’s French Custom Dress With Bold Pink Floral Print
Located in London, GB
Great little dress with a bold pink and green floral print on a cream silk background. This fun dress, custom made in France, features a sweetheart neckline with oversized puff sleev...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Sheer Stretch Black Lace Dress with Fringe Size 2 4
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This custom made dress is composed of a stretch black lace with a long fringe hem trim. Features a zipper closure. In great vintage condition. **Please cross-reference measurem...
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20th Century Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom Made Gold Cocktail Dress Worn By Beyonce Knowles
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a gold knit cocktail dress with a brown SABLE timmed hem worn by Beyonce Knowles in the pictured promotional still for the movie"Dream Girls".<br /> <br /> Measurements:<br...
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1990s Custom Vintage Dresses

1950's Burgundy Silk Taffeta Evening Dress Custom Made
Located in New Hope, PA
A stunning floral print of bouquets as well as scattered single blossoms in shades of pink, red and lavender pops against the deep burgundy changeable silk background. The dress has ...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

1980s Custom-Made Black and White Polka Dot One-Shoulder Dress W/ Hip Drapes
Located in San Francisco, CA
A beautiful 1980s custom-made-in-San-Francisco silk blend black and tiny white polka dot one shouldered cocktail dress: Fully lined. Features a beautiful horsehair stiffened draped...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

Custom 1950's Green Draped Chiffon Cocktail Dress Size 4 6
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gown is composed of green chiffon. Features a gathered bust with draped shoulder details. There is a center back zipper closure. In excellent vintage condition. **Please cro...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

1950s custom made cream Guipure lace afternoon dress
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1950s custom made cream Guipure lace afternoon dress...This dress came from an estate that had a live in dressmaker! Made from fine quality Guipure lace in a bone colour...Scoop nec...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

1950s Schiaparelli 'Maribeau' Yellow Floral Printed Fabric Custom Made Dress
By Elsa Schiaparelli
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Stunning Schiaparelli floral dress from the 1950s. Butter yellow silk with large floral print in muted tones of yellow, green, brown and blue. Expert craftsmanship in darting at bust...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

Bergdorf Goodman Custom Order, 1960's
Located in New Hope, PA
Created by the design house of Proyetti in Milan this dress was custom ordered at Bergdorf Goodman in 1962. Two shades of luxuriously soft grey wool flannel are used to create the c...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

1950s Mr. Blackwell Custom One Sleeved Embellished Sheath
By Mr. Blackwell
Located in San Francisco, CA
A wonderful custom made Mr. Blackwell cocktail dress: black silk crepe sheath with one-shoulder and sleeve, heavily embellished with sequins and beading. Zip cuff on the sleeve for a...
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1950s Custom Vintage Dresses

1960s Blue Lace beaded gown - custom made
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Unlabeled and very high quality, 1960's beaded lace dress. This dress appears custom made and the fabric is exceptionally nice. All over beading in circles of blue, gold, silver and ...
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1960s Custom Vintage Dresses

Isabell Gerhart Custom Vintage Caftan Over Dress 2 Pc Ensemble 1980s
By Isabell Gerhart
Located in Portland, OR
This sensational ensemble comes from a remarkable woman who was very close to the Houston couture boutique owner, Isabell Gerhart. Isabell and Norwin Gerhart knew every major design...
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1980s Custom Vintage Dresses

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Custom Vintage Dresses For Sale on 1stDibs

Find an extraordinary variety of custom vintage dresses available on 1stDibs. Many people prefer Black custom vintage dresses, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Beige, Brown 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 20th Century, all of which have proven very popular over the years. Custom vintage dresses designed by Mr. Blackwell, Adolfo and Bob Mackie — each of whom created beautiful versions of these treasured items — are worth considering. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much are Custom Vintage Dresses?

Prices for custom vintage dresses can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $218 and can go as high as $70,000, while these items, on average, fetch $898.

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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