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NWT Gianfranco Ferre Black Silk Handkerchief Hem Glitter Gown
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A bold and dramatic look from Gianfranco Ferre. Strapless (incl straps if desired) gown fashioned of black silk chiffon featuring hand beaded sequins, and jewel applique both front a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Gowns

Metallic Handkerchief Shift
Located in Alford, MA
Easy wearing, long shift with handkerchief hem, 3/4 sleeves, and shirred scoop neck finished with a large bow. Fabricated of a lightweight synthetic in aqua and gold. No label, but a...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1980s Terence Nolder Vintage Dress w Handkerchief Hem in Metallic Sparkle Fabric
By Terence Nolder
Located in Portland, OR
This 1980's vintage dress is from the British designer, Terence Nolder, who worked for Alfred Radley at Quorum and won the British Evening wear Designer Award in 1980 and The British...
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1980s Evening Gowns

1970s Oleg Cassini Size 10 / 12 Red Silk Chiffon Beaded Handkerchief Midi Dress
By Oleg Cassini
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful vintage 70s OLEG CASSINI lipstick red silk chiffon beaded handkerchief hem Size 10 / 12 midi dress / gown ! Features hundreds of hand-sewn red beads on the bodice. Asymmetr...
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1970s Evening Gowns

Estevez Red Chiffon Handkerchief Dress
By Estevez, Luis Estévez
Located in Alford, MA
Late 1970s red cocktail dress in polyester chiffon by Estevez features a surplice top and handkerchief-paneled skirt. The long sheer sleeves button at the wrist. A wide red satin sas...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990s Versace Dress w/ Handkerchief Chiffon Hem
By Versace
Located in San Francisco, CA
1990s Versace Dress w/ Handkerchief Chiffon Hem. Back zip closure. Versace stamped rings on shoulder straps. Padded inner bodice provides support.
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1990s Evening Dresses

Versace Collection Multicolor Printed Plunge Neck Handkerchief Hem Dress S
By Versace
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This a la mode dress from the house of Versace features a stunning design making it a must-have piece in your closet. Kick-start your weekend on a high note with this pleasing multic...
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2010s Evening Dresses

80s I Magnin Black Strapless Dress with Handkerchief Chiffon Hem
Located in San Francisco, CA
80s I Magnin Black Strapless Dress with Handkerchief Chiffon Hem.
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1980s Evening Dresses

Black and nude voided organza handkerchief sleeve dress, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Black and nude voided organza handkerchief sleeve dress from the early 1960s...Dressmaker made this beautiful cocktail dress features a banded collar, fitted bodice and long sleeves ...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Black Beaded Burnout Velvet Evening Dress w Statement Sleeves & Handkerchief Hem
Located in Portland, OR
This is an absolutely gorgeous vintage black midi length black dress that came from the estate of a woman who owned incredible designer clothing. Her stunning wardrobe included rare ...
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1980s Evening Dresses

1980s Dramatic Burnout Velvet Beaded Black Evening Dress W/ Handkerchief Hem
Located in Portland, OR
This gorgeous vintage black dress came from the estate of a woman who loved designer clothing. Her impressive wardrobe included rare designer pieces and many of her sensational mid t...
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1980s Evening Dresses

ROBERTO CAVALLI Early 2000s Cobalt Blue Feathers + Rhinestone Handkerchief Dress
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in Chicago, IL
Sexy early 2000s ROBERTO CAVALLI feathers and rhinestones viscose jersey handkerchief hem halter dress! Features bright cobalt blue mixed with white and black throughout. Real feathe...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Beautiful Vintage Lillie Rubin Size 8 Cut Out Beaded Handkerchief Dress Size 8
By Lillie Rubin
Located in Chicago, IL
Gorgeous vintage LILLIE RUBIN black silk dress!!! Heavy attention to detail on this well made dress! Features cut-outs on the front, which are lined with black mesh. There is also on...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Amazing 1970s Black Disco Fringe Handkerchief Hem Flapper Style Vintage Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Incredible 70s black disco fringe dress! Features a flirty handkerchief hem, with a tailored bodice. Tons of fringe at the bust makes for a great dancing dress! There is definitely a...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Terence Nolder Silk & Sequins Grey Black Handkerchief Vintage Party Tunic Dress
By Terence Nolder
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Estimated Size: UK 10-12/ US 6-8/ EU 38-40, this gives an intentionally loose fit on top. Bust - 40” / 101cm (meant to be worn with a loose fit on top) Drop Waist - Stretches from 24...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

1980s Samir Ivory White Lace Handkerchief Hem Embroidered Vintage 80s Dress
By SAMIR
Located in Chicago, IL
Fabulous 1980s SAMIR ivory / white lace embroidered handkerchief hem cocktail dress! Features a sweetheart neckline with a mesh embroidered overlay above the bust. Satin bow at cente...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

1970s Boho Chic Black Colorful Cotton Embroidered Handkerchief Hem Vintage Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Boho chic 1970s / 70s black cotton embroidered Spanish style dress! The beauty about this dress is that it can be worn two ways, as pictured. It can be worn on or off the shoulders, ...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Art Deco 1920s Beaded Black Vintage Dress W/ Handkerchief Hem & Sheer Sleeves
Located in Portland, OR
This is an outstanding vintage 1920's dress with original sash and gorgeous white beadwork. The dress has a slight drop waist, handkerchief hemline and hooks and eyes up the side. ...
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Early 20th Century Evening Dresses

1970s Amazing Handkerchief Hem Ivory + Purple + Pink + Blue Slinky Vintage Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Amazing late 1970s handkerchief hem ivory, turquoise blue, pink and purple swirl print dress! Features a swirl screenprint on the bodice and on the right side of the hem of the skirt...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

1980s Samir Electric Blue Lurex + Black Lace Handkerchief Hem Vintage 80s Dress
By SAMIR
Located in Chicago, IL
Sexy 1980s SAMIR metallic electric blue lurex and black lace handkerchief hem slinky spaghetti strap dress ! Features a flattering ruched body, with a ruffle down the center. Innner ...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

1970s Rae Hepburn Handkerchief Hem Cold Shoulder Asian Theme Vintage 70s Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Amazing 190s RARE HEPBURN handkerchief hem cold shoulder Asian themed black, red and white dress! Features a flattering ruched bodice with a forgiving flattering skirt that looks gre...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

DOLCE GABBANA 100% silk floral vase print handkerchief hem cocktail dress IT42 M
Located in Hong Kong, NT
DOLCE GABBANA 100% silk floral vase print handkerchief hem cocktail dress IT42 M Brand: Dolce Gabanna Model Name / Style: Silk dress Material: Silk Color: Multicolour Pattern: Floral...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1974 Emilio Pucci Peacock Novelty Print Silk Handkerchief Maxi Dress
By Emilio Pucci
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Emilio Pucci was the king of textile innovative and beautiful prints during the 1960's era. His designs revolutionized the world of fashion and he developed a fan following that was ...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

1990s Diane Freis Sz 10 Bright Sequin Beaded Silk Chiffon Handkerchief Hem Dress
By Diane Freis
Located in Chicago, IL
Insanely beautiful vintage (brand new with tags) 1990s DIANE FREIS bright neon silk chiffon dress! Features vibrant colors of pink, green, blue, orange and fuchsia throughout. Flatte...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

1990s Diane Freis Sz 10 Bright Sequin Beaded Silk Chiffon Handkerchief Hem Dress
By Diane Freis
Located in Chicago, IL
Insanely beautiful vintage (brand new with tags) 1990s DIANE FREIS bright neon silk chiffon dress! Features vibrant colors of pink, green, blue, orange and fuchsia throughout. Flatte...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Michaele Vollbrach Graphic Horse Head Handkerchief Dress
By Michaele Vollbracht
Located in San Francisco, CA
Avant garde illustrated "Horse Head" handkerchief silk halter dress which ties at back of the neck is a conversation piece for your inner equestrian! Hand painted and signed "Michael...
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1980s Evening Gowns

1970s Black Handkerchief Hemmed Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1970s black dress with sheer full bell sleeve, a handkerchief hem, dramatic plunging v-neckline, and a multi-layered black and white trim along the hem, sleeves, and neckline. The bo...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

KARL LAGERFELD FAILLE AND CHIFFON HANDKERCHIEF HALTER
Located in Alford, MA
Stunning, dramatic, and sexy, this Karl Lagerfeld halter dress will make you the center of attention. The dress, in dark brown faille, features a most intriguing design, constructed ...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Sybil Connolly pleated Irish handkerchief linen dress
By Sybil Connolly
Located in San Francisco, CA
Sybil Connolly pleated Irish handkerchief linen dress
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1950s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Sybil Connolly pleated Irish handkerchief linen dress & wrap
By Sybil Connolly
Located in San Francisco, CA
Sybil Connolly pleated Irish handkerchief linen dress & wrap
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1950s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Victorian Handkerchief Hem Eyelet and Lace Bustle Tea Dress
Located in Tucson, AZ
If Downton Abbey had taken place during the Belle Epoque instead of the Edwardian Era, you can bet you would have seen Lady Mary in this dress. A superb example of Victorian summer f...
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1890s Tea Gowns

CHLOE 1980s Handkerchief Pleated Dress
By Chloe, Cacharel
Located in Austin, TX
1980s Chloe black silk dress with silver lame dots. Handkerchief pleats. Condition: Excellent. 34" bust, 26" waist, 44" length. Size 2/ 4<br /> <br /> WWW.ARCHIVEVINTAGE.COM
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

20's Deco Handkerchief Hem Beaded "Flapper"
Located in San Francisco, CA
Exceptional 20's Beaded Flapper with Rhinestone Adornment in Silk Chiffon
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Shift Cocktail Dresses

House of Gres One Shoulder Asymmetric Handkerchief Hem Dress
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare circa 1990's House of Gres original sample runway dress. Hand pleated silk chiffon dress in alternate shades of blue and yellow. One shoulder elongated form fitted bodice e...
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20th Century Evening Dresses

Bill Blass Vintage Metallic Print Silk Dress with Handkerchief Hem
By Bill Blass
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1970s Bill Blass snake skin like print dress in metallic plum and gold with handkerchief hem. Wine colored, printed python chiffon is enhanced with stripes of gold paisely trim. Dres...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Incredible 1970s Lipstick Red Chiffon Handkerchief Vintage Sequin Disco Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Sexy 70s lipstick red chiffon handkerchief asymmetrical hem sequin and beaded dress! Features red crystal beads on each spaghetti strap. Sequins and beads at left side waist. Flirty ...
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1970s Evening Dresses

1970s Boho Vintage Handkerchief Triangular 70s Black Colorful Hippie Maxi Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Wonderful vintage 1970s handkerchief strapless maxi dress! Features an allover regal vibrant print in red, gold, blue, and green, on black background. Super soft durable cotton fabri...
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1970s Maxi Dress

Amazing Vintage Luis Estevez 1970s Lipstick Red Handkerchief Hem Chiffon Dress
By Estevez, Luis Estévez
Located in Chicago, IL
Incredible vintage 70s LUIS ESTEVEZ bright red chiffon asymmetrical handkerchief hem long semi sheer sleeve dress! Features an Obi-like attaches satin belt that can be tied either in...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

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 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.