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Don Sophisticates On Sale

1960s Mod Brocade Dress, Don Sophisticates
By Don Sophisticates
Located in Alford, MA
Don Sophisticates shift-style dress in silver and peach geometric brocade featuring a front zipper with rhinestone-ball pull up to its mock turtleneck, short sleeves, and small patch...

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Vintage 1960's Galanos Couture Ivory Silk Satin Low-Plunge Long Sleeve Jumpsuit
By James Galanos, Galanos
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous Galanos Couture ivory-creme silk satin jumpsuit dating back to the mid 1960's. Dedication to excellence in craftsmanship and design was the foundation of James Galanos' ca...

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John Galliano taupe satin crepe evening dress with floral embroidery, ss 2003
By John Galliano
Located in London, GB
▪ John Galliano bias-cut evening dress ▪ Taupe crepe-backed satin ▪ Floral embroidery at the front and back ▪ Floor-length skirt with train ▪ Silk trim and spaghetti straps ▪ Siz...

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S/S 2001 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Knit Crochet Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an alluring crochet high-low Christian Dior dress, designed by John Galliano. From the Spring/Summer 2001 collection, this stunning knit dress features a cowl neckline, lo...

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Red and gold brocade dress with flower pattern 1930
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Red and gold brocade dress with flower pattern

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Vintage 1920's French Couture Metallic Gold Lamé Beaded Leaf-Motif Trained Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking mid-1920's French couture museum-quality beaded & jeweled metallic lamé evening trained dress. The dramatic gold color palette touches a deep chord in our collective aes...

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A French Victorian Bustle Day Dress and Pouf in Sky-blue Taffeta Circa 1875
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1870/1875 France. Day dress with princess, two-part bodice and skirt on a bustle cage. Sky-blue taffeta decorated with starched cream gauze called tarlatane, finely wrinkled ...

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1950s-60s Harrods Orange Silk Georgette Dress With Asymmetrical Strap
By Harrods
Located in London, GB
This sensational Harrods late 1950s - early 1960s tangerine silk georgette dress is of superb quality and has absolutely beautiful construction. The sheer silk overlay is delicately ...

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1990S ALBERTA FERRETTI Cream Bias Cut Silk Charmeuse & Tulle Lace Empire Waist 1
By Alberta Ferretti
Located in New York, NY
1990S ALBERTA FERRETTI Cream Bias Cut Silk Charmeuse & Tulle Lace Empire Waist Bridal Gown With Embroidered Sleeves

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Vintage 1950's Madame Grès Haute Couture Sculpted Silk Back-Bow Dress & Jacket
By Madame Gres
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous and incredibly rare Madame Grès haute couture sculpted black silk dress ensemble dating back to the early 1950's. Madame Grès felt that the true job of the couturier was not...

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Loris Azzaro Black Silk Chiffon Mini Dress
By Loris Azzaro
Located in Studio City, CA
Loris Azzaro black silk chiffon long sleeve mini dress with flower paillette and bead detailing. There is a black under slip and back zip closures. This dress is made in France and i...

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1960s Hand Beaded Cream Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960s Hand Beaded Cream Dress B 36 W 32 H 38 L 39

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Vintage 1930 Chanel Haute Couture Documented Velvet Scarf-Neck Sculpted Cape
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking and ultra rare documented evening cape from her 1930-31 collection is a pe...

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Alexander McQueen metallic silver silk lamé open-back evening dress, ss 1997
By Alexander McQueen
Located in London, GB
▪ Alexander McQueen metallic silver silk lamé evening dress ▪ V-neck ▪ Open back with a belted waist ▪ Accordion pleated panel starting at the hip and finishing into a train ▪ Conce...

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Mod Courrèges-Inspired Black Patent Leather Collar A-Line Mini Dress – XS, 1960s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Though Courrèges owned the vinyl-trimmed sportswear rage of the early 60s, other designers such as this one executed it with similar aplomb. With its A-line cut, vinyl-covered button...

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An Ethnic Bronze Satin Blouse Embroidered Dress - India Circa 1970
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1970/1980 India Beautiful blouse dress with "ethnic" patterns in fluid bronze satin, embroidered with silk and from India in the 1970s / 1980s. Dress with square neck slit in...

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  • An Ethnic Bronze Satin Blouse Embroidered Dress - India Circa 1970
  • An Ethnic Bronze Satin Blouse Embroidered Dress - India Circa 1970
  • An Ethnic Bronze Satin Blouse Embroidered Dress - India Circa 1970
  • An Ethnic Bronze Satin Blouse Embroidered Dress - India Circa 1970
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Size: French equivalent size 38
Chantal Thomass black ostrich feather corset, skirt and hat ensemble, fw 1991
By Chantal Thomass
Located in London, GB
▪ Chantal Thomass black ostrich feather 3 piece evening ensemble ▪ Felt saucer hat with ostrich feathers around the brim ▪ Velvet bustier corset with beaded tassel trim ▪ Bell ski...

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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. 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.

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.