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1960s Elio Berhanyer Demi Couture Black Silk Chiffon + Wool A - Line 60s Dress
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic vintage 60s ELIO BERHANYER Demi Couture black silk chiffon and wool A - Line dress ! Berhanyer

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By Lucile Manguin
Located in Toulon, FR
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A Rare Black Silk Velvet Evening Coat by Lucien Lelong Circa 1937
A Rare Black Silk Velvet Evening Coat by Lucien Lelong Circa 1937
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Vintage 1968 Pierre Cardin Documented Vinyl Tweed Space-Age Mod Trench Jacket
By Pierre Cardin
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By Pierre Cardin
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1958 EISA by CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA haute couture black boucle wool skirt suit
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1970s Cardin-esque Couture Cream Wool Double-Breasted Coat
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Finding the Right day-dresses for You

Luxurious and versatile, designer day dresses are as well suited to tea at an upscale hotel as they are to your next garden or rooftop party.

Today’s featherlight unisex day dresses — as well as the vibrant vintage day dresses of the 1950s and ’60s — look quite different from the heavy, fabric-rich de rigueur garments of the Victorian era. In the late 19th century, a woman of a certain standing might have multiple dresses to wear throughout the day: specifically, one or two for the daytime and one for the evening. For example, a long-sleeve silk dress with a prominently flared back and a round collar of gold beaded lace that hugs the neck would be suitable for stepping out during the day, while a velvet gown trimmed in silk embroidery but overall comparatively informal in appearance would be worn for afternoon tea at home. At night, a silk velvet evening dress could feature natural world motifs such as butterflies (a characteristic of Art Nouveau design) and have short sleeves adorned with lace and ruffles and a scooped neckline — the perfect attire for the theater.

During the 1920s, after all the chores were done, a woman would change from her housework clothing into a more fashionable day dress to run her errands or socialize. Some 1920s day dresses were brightly colored and featured bold patterns — a cotton dress with a dazzling floral print, perhaps, or, in the case of the more venturesome Art Deco apparel sold in high-end couture fashion boutiques of the era, semi-sheer silk garments embellished with three-dimensional beadwork or rich metallic gold lamé.

Today, a closet full of casual vintage day dresses is a must-have. Whether you opt for black, crimson or beige, day dresses bring an element of glamour to your next appointment, and in the summer, who doesn’t love a wonderfully simple, lightweight day dress cut in cotton and linen?

Because different fashion designers of every decade have offered their own take on the widely loved day dress, you’ll be able to find a variety of vintage and designer day dresses on 1stDibs. Search by creator to find enduring designs by the likes of Emilio Pucci, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, or browse by period to uncover a scintillating collection of cotton and satin patterned dresses of the 1950s and ’60s.

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