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1930S Cranberry Red & Green Silk Taffeta Jacquard Haute Couture Gown With Peplu
Located in New York, NY
1930S Cranberry Red & Green Silk Taffeta Jacquard Haute Couture Gown With Peplum Fish Tail Hem From
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1930s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

2000S JEAN LOUIS SCHERRER HAUTE COUTURE Gown In Antique Indian Metallic Silk Wi
Located in New York, NY
2000S JEAN LOUIS SCHERRER HAUTE COUTURE Gown In Antique Indian Metallic Silk With Crystals Dress
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Early 2000s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

Balenciaga Haute Couture Gown, 2013
By Balenciaga
Located in Kingston, NY
Balenciaga, 2013 Met Gala forest green, gown worn by celebrity (please inquire). Provenance
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21st Century and Contemporary French Evening Gowns

Haute Couture Gown with Beaded Bodice
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gown by Pierre Balmain Empire waist Striped beaded bodice Pink satin waistband Purple silk linen
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Mid-20th Century Evening Gowns

Abraham Pelham Haute Couture Gown and Stole
Located in Geneva, CH
. Constructed in dark brown silk chiffon, this couture gown is an ultimate example of craftsmanship ! Similar to
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Early 2000s French Ball Gowns

Christian Dior Haute Couture Gown Autuwm/Winter 1972
By Christian Dior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Haute couture silk organza gown by Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 1972 Collection Floor length One
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1970s French Evening Gowns

Vintage Pierre Balmain Haute Couture Gown & Jacket Evening Ensemble No.155782/3
By Pierre Balmain Haute Couture
Located in Studio City, CA
Mid-1960's Pierre Balmain haute couture No.155782 gown with a high waist and featuring a brown
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1960s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

ATELIER VERSACE Multicolor Beaded Evening Mermaid Haute Couture Gown & Heels 39
By Atelier Versace
Located in Switzerland, CH
Just breathtaking - a rare ATELIER VERSACE Evening Gown An amazing Haute Couture Piece Seen on
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Early 2000s Italian Evening Gowns

Paco Rabanne 1985 "House of Medici" Haute Couture Gown Museum Collectors
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1985 Paco Rabanne Couture one-of-a-kind couture gown fashioned of silk velvet with bolero of
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1980s Court Gowns

GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE White Gown , Provenance: Betsy Bloomingdale
By Givenchy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Givenchy Haute Couture Gown is composed of a white wool and features an asymmetrical design
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20th Century French Evening Gowns

S/S 1987 Givenchy Haute Couture Runway Yellow Black Bow Trumpet Flare Gown
By Givenchy
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an incredible yellow and black Givenchy Haute Couture gown, designed by one of the
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1980s French Evening Gowns

Louis Féraud Haute Couture Gold Dress Fall-Winter Collection, 1991/92
By Louis Feraud
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Louis Féraud -Haute Couture gown sewn with sequins, trimmings and beads. No size or composition
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1990s Evening Dresses

F/W 1998 Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano Black Woven Gown
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a fabulous black Christian Dior Haute Couture gown, designed by John Galliano. From the
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1990s French Cocktail Dresses

F/W 1998 Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano Black Woven Gown
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a fabulous black Christian Dior Haute Couture gown, designed by John Galliano. From the
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1990s French Cocktail Dresses

1960s Max Nugus Couture Light Green Hand Painted Gown
By Max Nugus
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960s Max Nugus Couture Light Green Hand Painted Gown This vintage haute-couture gown is in
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1960s American Ball Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Runway Grecian Drape Dress Gown 1997-1998
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
. Rare to find an identical YSL Haute Couture Gown as it appeared on the runway in excellent condition
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Late 20th Century Evening Gowns

1950s Lanvin Castillo Haute Couture Watercolor Floral Silk Print Full-Skirt Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
technique. This incredibly special haute couture gown would make a stunning Met Gala or wedding guest look
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1950s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

S/S 1987 Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Runway Sheer Embroidered Ruffle Gown
By Paco Rabanne
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an incredible black and multicolor Paco Rabanne Haute Couture gown. From the Spring
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1980s French Evening Gowns

Vintage 1998 Pierre Balmain Haute Couture Sheer Illusion Appliqué Net Lace Gown
By Oscar De La Renta, Pierre Balmain Haute Couture
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Pierre Balmain haute couture runway gown from when Oscar de la Renta was head designer
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1990s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

F/W 2005 Valentino Haute Couture Olive Green Silk Metal Embellished Runway Gown
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an incredible olive/sage green silk Valentino Haute Couture gown. From the Fall/Winter
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Early 2000s Italian Formal Gowns

Vintage 1990 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Documented Sculpted Strapless Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Yves Saint Laurent Haute-Couture gown from his iconic 1990 spring-summer documented
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1990s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1965 Jean Patou Haute Couture Icy Blue-Green Silk Plunge Sculptural Gown
By Jean Patou
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A stunning Jean Patou haute couture shimmering silk gown, in the most beautiful shade of pale icy
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1960s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1979 Givenchy Haute Couture Navy & Ivory Silk Off-Shoulder Ruffle Gown
By Givenchy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
-Couture gown is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. The inside is immaculate and all
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1970s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

1980s Givenchy Couture Velvet Gown
By Givenchy
Located in New York, NY
This exceptional Haute Couture gown was made by Hubert de Givenchy for the Fall 1982 collection
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1980s French Evening Gowns

A/W 1988 Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Gold Chainmail Bustier Gown
By Paco Rabanne
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A/W 1988 Paco Rabanne Haute Couture gown with floral chainmail bust and black and gold feather
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1980s Bustiers

1984 Givenchy Haute Couture Documented Silk Petal Appliqué Velvet Hourglass Gown
By Givenchy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A breathtaking and truly timeless Givenchy haute couture petal appliqued silk velvet hourglass gown
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1980s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1970s Molyneux Haute Couture Floral Sheer Silk & Black Crepe Halter Gown
By Molyneux
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Incredibly beautiful and ultra rare Molyneux haute couture gown dating back to the late 1970's. The
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1970s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Spring 1997 Documented YSL Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Blue Evening Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Munich, DE
The twin of this Spring 1997 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture gown belonged to French actress and
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1990s French Evening Dresses

1968 Christian Dior Haute Couture Maria Felix Owned Chartreuse Silk Feather Gown
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
extraordinary 1968 Christian Dior numbered haute couture gown custom made for Maria Felix is in beautiful
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1960s French Wedding Dresses

HAUTE COUTURE INTERNATIONAL 1960's Black Beaded and Sequin Lace Gown Size 6
By HAUTE COUTURE INTERNATIONAL
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Haute Couture International gown is composed of a black beaded and sequin lace. There is a
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1960s Hong Kong Evening Gowns

1960's Pierre Balmain Haute Couture Floral Printed Silk Gown No.158143
By Pierre Balmain Haute Couture
Located in Studio City, CA
Early 1960's Pierre Balmain No. 158143 haute couture silk organza floral print gown with multi
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1960s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

HAUTE COUTURE INT'L Gold Heavily Beaded Gown with Belt Size Large
By HAUTE COUTURE INT'L
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Haute Couture Int'l gown is composed of a heavily beaded silk in gold. The dress features a
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20th Century Hong Kong Evening Gowns

Christian Dior Haute Couture Silk Organza AW 1972 Gown
By Christian Dior Haute Couture, Christian Dior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Haute couture silk organza gown by Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 1972 Collection Floor length One
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1970s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

Christian Dior Haute Couture Silk Organza AW 1972 Gown
Christian Dior Haute Couture Silk Organza AW 1972 Gown
Size: Approx US 0/2 See Measurements
1970s Louis Feraud Haute Couture Silk Embellished Dress
By Louis Feraud
Located in London, GB
went on to become Louis Féraud’s artistic director and designed the brand’s lauded haute couture
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1970s Directoire Style Evening Dresses

HAUTE COUTURE INT'L Gold and Black Beaded Gown with Opera Coat Size 6
By HAUTE COUTURE INT'L
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Haute Couture Int'l ensemble is composed of a beaded silk with floral motif in gold and black
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20th Century Hong Kong Evening Gowns

Balmain Haute Couture silk dress
By Balmain, Pierre Balmain Haute Couture
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Pierre Balmain Haute Couture (N°132-027) Dress composed of silk chiffon, embroidered with beads and
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1960s French Evening Dresses

Pierre Balmain Fall 1993 Haute Couture Dress
By Pierre Balmain Haute Couture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Extremely rare Pierre Balmain by Oscar de la Renta Haute Couture dress from Fall Winter 1993
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 1950s Curiel Couture Pleated Purple Silk Chiffon Strapless Goddess Gown
By Gigliola Curiel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
purple silk chiffon gown dating back to the mid 1950's. Curiel is an important Italian haute couture
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1950s Italian Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Ted Lapidus Haute Couture Wrap Chiffon Dress, Size 36FR
By Ted Lapidus Haute Couture
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Ted Lapidus Haute Couture - Wrap dress composed of silk chiffon. No composition or size tag, it
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1970s French Evening Dresses

Balmain Haute Couture Dress and a Bolero Set, 1960s
By Pierre Balmain Haute Couture
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Balmain Haute Couture - Set comprised of a dress and a bolero, composed of pink silk covered with
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1960s French Evening Dresses

HAUTE COUTURE INTERNATIONAL Heavily Beaded Silk Champagne Opera Coat & Dress
By HAUTE COUTURE INT'L
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Haute Couture International ensemble is composed of a champagne tone embellished silk with a
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20th Century Hong Kong Evening Dresses and Gowns

Autumn/Winter 1959 Christian Dior Couture Black Silk Chiffon "Bella" Gown
By Christian Dior Haute Couture
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Absolutely breathtaking black layered silk chiffon Christian Dior Couture gown from the fall/winter
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1950s French Evening Gowns

Ted Lapidus Haute Couture Dress 1980s
By Ted Lapidus, Ted Lapidus Haute Couture
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black silk dress from Ted Lapidus. It has long sleeves, a stand up collar and light shoulder padding. There is a beautiful design in silver and white sequins outlined in...
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1980s French Day Dresses

CHISTIAN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE Navy Layered Chiffon Dress, Betsy Bloomingdale 1980s
By Christian Dior Haute Couture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a navy blue three layer chiffon swirl print cocktail dress by Christian Dior Haute Couture
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1980s French Cocktail Dresses

Ted Lapidus Haute Couture Silk and Velvet Dress, Size 36FR
By Ted Lapidus, Ted Lapidus Haute Couture
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Ted Lapidus Haute Couture - Dress composed of velvet and silk taffeta. No composition or size tag
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1980s French Evening Dresses

Givenchy Haute Couture, Velvet, Red, Gown, 2015
By Givenchy
Located in Kingston, NY
Givenchy Haute Couture, 2015, Velvet, Red, Gown worn by celebrity (please inquire) at the 2015
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Evening Gowns

Hanae Mori Haute Couture Chiffon Caftan Gown
By Hanae Mori
Located in New York, NY
Floaty Hanae Mori Haute Couture Chiffon Caftan Gown from the 1980's. Signature, dreamy cloud and
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1980s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

Pink-Lavender New Look Strapless Tiered Lace Ballerina Party Dress – S-M, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Christian Dior Haute Couture gown that debuted at the 2011 Resort/Cruise show in Shanghai. The Dior came in
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1950s Unknown Ballerina Dresses

Haute Couture Pierre Balmain by Oscar de la Renta Fall 1998 Runway Ensemble
By Pierre Balmain Haute Couture, Pierre Balmain
Located in Prague, CZ
Pierre Balmain Fall 1998 Haute Couture collection, designed by Oscar de la Renta, Look 47. The ensemble
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990s Christian Dior Haute Couture Cocktail Dress W/Velvet Corset Detailing
By Christian Dior Haute Couture, Christian Dior
Located in Gresham, OR
A Gorgeous 1990s numbered Dior Haute Couture cocktail dress by Gianfranco Ferre': Micro-pleated
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1990s French Cocktail Dresses

Azzedine Alaïa Haute Couture Wool Blend Gown Large
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in London, GB
Azzedine Alaïa Haute Couture Wool Blend Gown. Black. Long Sleeve.
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Ruffled Gown (1980s)
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Haute Couture Ruffled Gown by Yves Saint Laurent Circa 1980s Off shoulder with ruffle overlay Drop
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1980s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Ruffled Gown (1980s)
Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Ruffled Gown (1980s)
Size: Approx US 0/2 See Measurements
Lanvin Haute Couture 1980s Velvet Bias Cut Black Gown
By Lanvin Paris
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Introducing the Lanvin Haute Couture 1980s Velvet Bias Cut Black Gown, a breathtaking masterpiece
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1980s French Evening Dresses and Gowns

A burgundy velvet & lamé evening gown by Pierre Cardin Haute Couture Circa 1980
By Pierre Cardin, Pierre Cardin Couture
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1980 France A long evening dress in Burgundy velvet by Pierre Cardin Haute Couture dating
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1980s French Aesthetic Evening Dresses

1980S GIVENCHY Black Haute Couture Silk Crepe Strapless Gown
By Givenchy
Located in New York, NY
1980S GIVENCHY Black Haute Couture Silk Crepe Strapless Gown
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1980s Formal Gowns

1960s Haute Couture International Heavily Beaded Gown Size Medium
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Haute Couture International 1960s gown is an absolute stunner featuring immaculate beading
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20th Century Hong Kong Evening Gowns

1950S Seafoam Haute Couture Silk Duchess Satin Beaded Strapless Gown
Located in New York, NY
flaws are to be expected. 1950S Seafoam Haute Couture Silk Duchess Satin Beaded Strapless Gown
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1950s Formal Gowns

Christian Dior Haute Couture Pleated Chiffon Gown, Betsy Bloomingdale 1974
By Marc Bohan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a long black chiffon pleated gown by Christian Dior Haute Couture, from 1974. The gown has
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1970s French Evening Gowns

CHRISTIAN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE Aqua Draped Gown Size 0 2
By Christian Dior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Christian Dior gown is composed of an aqua crepe silk with as silk satin slip. Features an
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20th Century French Evening Gowns

Morphew Atelier Silver Metal Chainlink Gown With Vintage Haute Couture Christia
By Morphew
Located in New York, NY
Morphew Atelier Silver Metal Chainlink Gown With Vintage Haute Couture Christian Dior Rhinestone
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21st Century and Contemporary Formal Gowns

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Haute Couture Gowns For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of haute couture gowns for sale on 1stDibs. Our collection of haute couture gowns includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Brown, Beige and more. Finding the perfect accessories for you may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions of these were made as early as the 19th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. Haute couture gowns such as these have likely been a part of the legacy of many fashion designers, but those produced by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Balmain are consistently popular. Finding accessories for sale for women should be easy, but there are 10 pieces available to browse for men as well as unisex, too.

How Much are Haute Couture Gowns?

On average, haute couture gowns on 1stDibs sell for $2,815, while they’re typically $350 on the low end and $60,169 for the highest priced versions of these items.

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 Haute Couture Gowns
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 25, 2024
    A haute couture dress is dress is a dress that was made by an esteemed haute couture designer. Dresses created by haute couture houses are constructed by hand from start to finish. They’re made of the finest materials and are individually tailored to meet the needs of a specific client.

    Haute couture garments are expertly created by firms that are official member organizations of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), which is the governing body in France that regulates this segment of the fashion industry. Dior, Maison Margiela and Schiaparelli are examples of universally revered haute couture houses.

    Find haute couture dresses on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 25, 2024
    Yes, Versace is haute couture. The Italian fashion house is an official member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), which is the governing body in France that determines which firms can operate with haute couture status.

    More than any designer before him, Gianni Versace mined celebrity, music and Pop art for inspiration. In fact, the New York Times noted in 1997 that the fashion industry "is now driven by contemporary culture because Mr. Versace made it that way."

    On 1stDibs, find vintage Versace clothing and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Haute couture is described as high-end luxury wear that has been custom-fitted and constructed by hand from start to finish and is governed by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in France. ​​You can shop a variety of top fashion houses' haute couture designs from some of the world's top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 20, 2024
    Yes, Dior is haute couture.

    The French luxury fashion house Christian Dior is an official member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), which is the governing body in France that determines which maisons can operate with haute couture status.

    When Christian Dior launched his haute couture house, in 1946, he wanted nothing less than to make “an elegant woman more beautiful and a beautiful woman more elegant.” He succeeded, and in doing so the visionary designer altered the landscape of 20th century fashion. Vintage Dior bags, shoes, evening dresses, shirts and other garments and accessories are known today for their feminine and sophisticated sensibility.

    On 1stDibs, explore a wide range of vintage Dior apparel and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    Yes, Balmain is haute couture. The term haute couture refers to high-end luxury wear that has been custom-fitted and constructed by hand from start to finish. The world of haute couture is governed by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in France.

    Fashion designer Pierre Balmain established his now-iconic label in 1945. In the postwar years, Balmain became known for bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath day dresses and embellishments like fur trim.

    From the dresses favored by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich to the sleek, skinny jeans seen on Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and every Kardashian, clothes from the House of Balmain have long been mainstays in celebrity wardrobes. Shop a collection of vintage Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 16, 2024
    Whether Mugler is haute couture may vary from year to year. This is due to the fact that the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode updates its list of haute couture fashion houses annually. Generally, the French luxury fashion house founded by Thierry Mugler has regularly appeared on the list of official haute couture fashion houses. Explore a variety of Mugler apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 25, 2024
    In fashion, “haute couture” means "high sewing" or "high dressmaking." Haute couture is French and refers to the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces by an esteemed fashion designer or house for a particular client. 

    Haute couture garments such as dresses are pieces of clothing constructed by hand from start to finish and are made with the highest quality materials. They are expertly created by firms that are official member organizations of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), which is the governing body in France that regulates this segment of the fashion industry. Dior, Maison Margiela and Schiaparelli are some of fashion's universally revered haute couture houses.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 7, 2024
    Yes, Louis Vuitton is haute couture. The iconic French luxury brand is a member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), which is the governing body of haute couture as an art form.

    Founded in 1868 as the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture and renamed FHCM in 2017, the organization has around 100 members — and Sidney Toledano, the CEO of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), sits on its executive committee. "Haute couture" is a legal term that, literally translated, means "high sewing" and refers to innovative, hand-crafted garments created for private clients and presented to the public every January and July.

    Find vintage Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags, clothing and accessories from some of the world's top boutiques on 1stDibs.

  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 7, 2024
    The difference between ready-to-wear and haute couture comes down to availability and pricing as well as whether or not the brand in question can assert haute couture status (this denomination is protected by law). Haute couture garments are crafted by maisons that are official member organizations of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), which is the governing body in France that regulates this segment of the fashion industry. Haute couture items are custom-made and individually tailored to fit the wearer. As a result, they sell for very high prices. Fashion houses produce ready-to-wear apparel on a much larger scale in a range of predetermined sizes and sell it at lower price points. On 1stDibs, find a large collection of apparel and accessories.

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