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Vintage 1940s Black Velvet Evening Dress or Hostess Gown
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage early 1940s black velvet gown by Kamore was originally designed to be a hostess gown
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Mid-20th Century American Retro 1940s Gown

Vintage 1940s Black liquid satin bombshell dress, Evening gown
Located in NEWARK, GB
This rare vintage 1940's evening dress is really the stuff dresses are made of! A superbly
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Mid-20th Century British Retro 1940s Gown

1960s Black Sheer and Sequin Gown Ensemble
Located in Toronto, Ontario
from the 1940's. Spaghetti straps with a v-neck line and a faux wrap style bodice. Small jet black
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1960s French Retro 1940s Gown

Vintage 1940s evening dress, Satin Brocade
Located in NEWARK, GB
A simply stunning vintage late 1940s evening dress. Made from a very heavy, purple satin Brocade
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Mid-20th Century British Retro 1940s Gown

Rose Taft Couture Royal Blue Chiffon Rhinestone Sunburst Evening Gown 1970s
By ROSE TAFT
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
. Fitted bodice gown with spaghetti straps has a 1940s feel, prong set crystal rhinestones are set in a
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1970s American Retro 1940s Gown

Violet Beaded Billie Holiday Gown with Pointed Waterfall Skirt - S, 1980s
By Lillie Rubin
Located in Tucson, AZ
Smouldering with sensuality, this cap sleeve gown has "1940s Torch Singer" written all over it
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1980s American Retro 1940s Gown

1984 Givenchy Haute Couture Documented Silk Petal Appliqué Velvet Hourglass Gown
By Givenchy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
off with a perfect nod to 1940's femme fatale design. As shown, we were thrilled to find the original
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1980s French Retro 1940s Gown

1968 Christian Dior Haute Couture Maria Felix Owned Chartreuse Silk Feather Gown
By Marc Bohan, Christian Dior
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
the 1940's and 1950's. Considered one of the most beautiful actresses of Old Hollywood, her strong
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1960s French Retro 1940s Gown

1994 Dolce & Gabbana Editorial Runway Multi-Color Patchwork Velvet Bias Cut Gown
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
collection whose key element was the 1940's slip. They are not looking for a retro look; Dolce & Gabbana
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1990s French Retro 1940s Gown

A Vintage 1940s Jeanne Paquin Sequin black Cocktail Dress
By Jeanne Paquin
Located in London, GB
A chic cocktail dress by French designer Jeanne Paquin. The dress is made of a wool crepe with black sequins sewn on in a squiggle pattern . It has a v neckline with shape at the sho...
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1950s French Retro 1940s Gown

Gorgeous Vintage Neiman Marcus 1940s Style Classic Black Dress w/ Rhinestones
By Neiman Marcus
Located in San Diego, CA
The BEST little black dress...EVER!!! This vintage Neiman Marcus beauty will surely get you through many emergency dress situations! Fitted bodice, with flutter sleeves, and gatherin...
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1980s Retro 1940s Gown

Vintage Valentino 1990s Does 1940s Size 4 navy Blue White Polka Dot 90s Dress
By Valentino
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic 90s does 40s vintage VALENTINO navy blue and white polka dot silk blended long sleeve dress ! Features a curved notch collar with a tailored bodice and flirty forgiving skirt. P...
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1990s Italian Retro 1940s Gown

1950s Ceil Chapman Black Silk Taffeta Full Circle Dress
By Ceil Chapman
Located in London, GB
This is a brilliant example of Ceil Chapman's early work from the late 1940s to early 1950s and the
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1950s American Retro 1940s Gown

1960s Blanes Beige and White Polka Dot Chiffon Dress
Located in London, GB
Blanes was a well regarded London ready to wear house that was in operations from the 1940s to the
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1960s British Retro 1940s Gown

Dolce & Gabbana Early 90s Dress
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Brooklyn, NY
inspired from 1940s lingerie and shape wear garments as many of 90s Dolce & Gabbana signature pieces. This
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1990s Retro 1940s Gown

Jean Paul Gaultier Copper Cone Bra Evening Dress and Jacket Ensemble, ss 1987
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in London, GB
closures, tonal silk satin collar, shoulder pads, and two front pockets ▪ Inspired by 1940s and 1950s
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1980s Italian Retro 1940s Gown

1980s Norma Kamali Victorian Inspired Black Dress
By Norma Kamali
Located in Portland, OR
shoulder pads of the 1940's and by using unconventional materials like sweatshirt fleece in high end
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1980s American Retro 1940s Gown

Christian Dior London velvet and taffeta mini evening dress. C.1960s
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
The French fashion house which dates back to the 1940s, has been providing customers all over the
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1960s European Retro 1940s Gown

Vintage Peter Robinson Sky Blue Velvet Dress
Located in London, GB
A fun vintage velvet dress by Peter Robinson. The dress is 1940s style. with short sleaves and a
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1970s Unknown Retro 1940s Gown

1980s Albert Nipon Black Satin Dress w/ Rhinestone Buttons
By Albert Nipon
Located in Portland, OR
This is a fun 1980s Albert Nipon black dress with a 1940s flair. It has a matte finish with satin
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1980s Asian Retro 1940s Gown

Hardy Amies Vintage Textured Metallic Flocked Organza Dress
By Hardy Amies
Located in Sparks, NV
: Hardy Amies Circa: 80s/ 90s in the style of 1940s Measurements: Bust: Up To 34" Waist: 30" Hips
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Late 20th Century British Retro 1940s Gown

1950s Howard Greer & Bruce MacIntosh Silk Printed Dress
By Howard Greer
Located in San Francisco, CA
amount of productions during the 1940s and 1950s.
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1950s Retro 1940s Gown

Von Fürstenberg Munich 1950s Bow Embellished Red Silk Couture Cocktail Dress
Located in Munich, DE
varying Munich couturiers designing for him. In the late 1940s von Fürstenberg founded the "Fürstenberg
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1950s German Retro 1940s Gown

Mollie Parnis Emerald Green Mock Neck Sequin Dress, 1960s
By Mollie Parnis
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Gaining commercial success in the 1940s, Mollie Parnis was an early American designer who was
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1960s American Retro 1940s Gown

Vintage Bill Blass Black Velvet Gold Metallic Halter Strapless Evening Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in Boca Raton, FL
the 1940s led him to be one of the most prominent women’s designers for multiple brands such as Anne
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1980s American Retro 1940s Gown

1950's Harvey Berin Pale-Pink Sheer Lace Illusion & Silk Flounce Cocktail Dress
By Harvey Berin
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
love with that pale blush-pink color! Harvey Berin opened his business in 1921, and by the 1940's he
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1950s American Retro 1940s Gown

1971 Yves Saint Laurent Black and Red Lip Dress with Original Flower
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Toronto, Ontario
documented. The collection was inspired by 1940s wartime fashion, the women of occupied Paris, and the flea
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1970s French Retro 1940s Gown

1997 Dolce & Gabbana Floral Stretch Velvet Cut-Out Bustier Slip Dress with Tags
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
, sensual and austere like Anna Magnani, to whom they dedicated a collection whose key element was the 1940
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1990s Italian Retro 1940s Gown

Vintage 1950s Floral Lamé Bustier Wiggle Dress
Located in New York, NY
Bolero, Vintage Diamanté Tiara, 1940s Marquise-Cut Stud Earrings, and Vintage 1950s Marquise-Cut Cluster
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1950s North American Retro 1940s Gown

A Christian Dior/Gianfranco Ferré Couture Pink Chiffon Dress Circa 1990
By Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Toulon, FR
. Bodice inspired by 1940's Fashion, fully corseted and lined with matching chiffon silk. Bodice sheathed
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1990s French Retro 1940s Gown

1971 Documented Madame Gres Haute Couture Black Lace Dress
By Madame Gres
Located in London, GB
couture fashion house established in the 1940s and lasting through until the 1980s. Madame was Germaine
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1970s French Retro 1940s Gown

1980s Bob Mackie White Silk Crepe Cocktail Dress w Sheer Beaded Waist Panel
By Bob Mackie
Located in Gresham, OR
1980s Bob Mackie White Silk Crepe Cocktail Dress w Sheer Beaded Waist Panel: 1940s inspired
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1980s American Retro 1940s Gown

1980 Carolyne Roehm Black Velvet Cocktail Dress W/ Rhinestone & Sequin Stripes
By Carolyne Roehm
Located in Gresham, OR
A 1980s Carolyne Roehm black velvet 1940s-inspired cocktail dress: Has the appearance of a suit
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1980s American Retro 1940s Gown

1960s John Hogan Crepe Dress w/ Mustard Floral Embroidered Bodice & Cream Skirt
Located in Gresham, OR
A 1960s John Hogan silk chiffon and crepe dress with drop-shoulder and a 1940s vibe: Silk chiffon
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1960s American Retro 1940s Gown

Vintage Vicky Tiel Couture Black Velvet Lurex Leopard Cheetah Print Mini Dress
By Vicky Tiel, Vickey Tiel
Located in San Diego, CA
flattering 1940s style fitted leopard print ruched bodice. Flattering form fitting mini skirt. Hidden zipper
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1980s French Retro 1940s Gown

1960s Givenchy Black Lace Cocktail Dress (attributed)
By Lord & Taylor, Givenchy
Located in New York, NY
forever. ** The Vintage 1940s Crystal Waterfall Earrings pictured are also available in my shop; please
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1960s Retro 1940s Gown

1980s Donna Karan Wool Dress
By Donna Karan
Located in New York, NY
known for her draping and this dress is a prime example. The silhouette is a throwback to the 1940s
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1980s Retro 1940s Gown

1970s Halston Black Label Couture Jersey Dress
By Halston
Located in London, GB
clearly took inspiration from an earlier era and this has elements of 1940s and 1950s fashion. It is
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1970s American Retro 1940s Gown

Incredible Vintage Jill Richards Black & White Ruffle Body Con Long Sleeve Dress
By Jill Richards
Located in San Diego, CA
the 1940s-1960s, and turned to fashion design. She was the go-to fashion designer of the elite, and
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1980s American Retro 1940s Gown

Yves Saint Laurent sequins alter neck evening maxi dress. C. 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
1940s Parisian evening dress during. Designed with panels that elegantly hug the body and add fluid
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1970s European Retro 1940s Gown

1950s LingerieLike Ruched CrepeSilk & SemiTransparentOrganzaNetSkirt MiniDress
Located in Chicago, IL
-and-teeth zipper is an original U.S-made Murlen model, which was used in new clothes from the 1940s to
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1950s American Retro 1940s Gown

Chicago Jewish Modernist Judaica Painting Simchat Torah WPA Artist Israeli Flags
By Alexander Raymond Katz
Located in Surfside, FL
’ gown. This approach resembles Munch’s The Scream (1893), where the sound waves echo in the entire image
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Mid-20th Century Modern Retro 1940s Gown

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Paper, Gouache

Chicago Jewish Modernist Mixed Media Surrealist Painting WPA Artist Mosaic Tiles
By Alexander Raymond Katz
Located in Surfside, FL
’ gown. This approach resembles Munch’s The Scream (1893), where the sound waves echo in the entire image
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Mid-20th Century Modern Retro 1940s Gown

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Mixed Media, Alkyd, Board

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche cocktail dress in printed satin Fall Winter 1985
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Toulon, FR
Laurent Rive Gauche inspired by the 1930s/1940s pyjamas and reception dressing gowns. Paisley printed silk
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1980s French Retro 1940s Gown

Elizabeth Taylor Wedding Day
By Frank Worth
Located in Austin, TX
Candid black and white image of Elizabeth Taylor in a flowing wedding gown exiting a car with her
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1950s Contemporary Retro 1940s Gown

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Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Digital, Archival Pigment

Dawn of the Tigris, Mid Century Modern Abstract Oil Painting, Blue Red White
Located in Denver, CO
membership to thirty-five and is a mixture of "town and gown" – community members and women associated with
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Retro 1940s Gown

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Canvas, Oil

John Galliano Cafe Society Print Vintage Pants, Rare Trousers, 1999's
By Christian Dior, John Galliano
Located in North Hollywood, CA
green Oscars gown for actress Nicole Kidman to the iconic sleeveless newspaper-print dress that Sex and
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Late 20th Century French Retro 1940s Gown

1940s 50's FULL LENGTH BLACK JET HEAVILY BEADED GOWN W/SASH
Located in San Francisco, CA
Featured is a magnificent black evening gown, entirely covered in black bead work. The elegant
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1940s Retro 1940s Gown

1940s Black Silk Gown w/ Illusion Lace, Howard Greer Attribution
By Howard Greer
Located in Bozeman, MT
anniversary this November. See you there! 1940s evening gown of black silk chiffon on
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1940s American Retro 1940s Gown

Valentino 1940’s Inspired Sapphire Blue Beaded Jersey Dress
By Valentino
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lovely 1940’s inspired Valentino cocktail dress is made from a vibrant sapphire blue silk jersey
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1980s Italian Retro 1940s Gown

80s Norma Kamali Green Satin Gown
By Norma Kamali
Located in Los Angeles, CA
80s era Norma Kamali gown by OMO Kamali n rich emerald green crepe back satin. With a 1930s/1940s
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1980s Retro 1940s Gown

Sexy Black Gown with Rhinestone Studded Sheer Back and Sides
Located in New Hope, PA
peplum below, no doubt inspired by the glamour of the 1940's evening dresses. The dress has a center
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Late 20th Century Italian Retro 1940s Gown

Frank Usher 1970's Dolman Diva Gown
By Frank Usher
Located in Toronto, ON
1940's Hollywood glamour that created a fashion blitzkrieg in the late 70's and early 80's! Very Bianca
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1970s Retro 1940s Gown

VINTAGE 1940s Style BLACK RUCHED COCKTAIL DRESS w SEQUINS
Located in San Francisco, CA
Featured is a slinky black vintage party dress from the 1980s. The front bodice is lace and completely sewn with flat sequins, ribbon, and braid. This embellishment continues down th...
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1980s Retro 1940s Gown

Rare 1960s Norman Hartnell Gold Lame and Mink Dress and Coat
By Norman Hartnell
Located in Houston, TX
, Gertrude Lawrence, and Mistinguett. Hartnell's pieces continued to turn heads in the 1930s and 1940s, to
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1960s British Retro 1940s Gown

Richard Tyler Couture Black Silk & Sequin Plunge Back Dress
By Richard Tyler, Richard Tyler Couture
Located in Houston, TX
where he entrenched himself with the Hollywood set, creating glamorous gowns for celebrities. He was
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1990s American Retro 1940s Gown

1990s NWT Carolina Herrera Black Plunge Back Evening Dress 10
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Houston, TX
maxi length evening dress features a loose a - line silhouette, short sleeves ( in a very 1940s batwing
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1990s American Retro 1940s Gown

Pierre Balmain Couture Black Velvet Dress, Circa 1955
By Pierre Balmain
Located in London, GB
greatest voices in the haute couture world of Paris in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. A friend and
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1950s French Retro 1940s Gown

1970s Michel Goma Burgundy Silk ENS w Silk Pedals
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Very few know about Michel Goma, One of the specialty designers of France throughout the 60's and
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1970s French Retro 1940s Gown

1970's YVES SAINT LAURENT 40's style cocktail dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Newport Beach, CA
inspired by the silhouettes of the 1940's, updating them for the 70's, and this dress is of no exception
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1970s French Retro 1940s Gown

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Retro 1940s Gown For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary retro 1940s gown you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Many people prefer black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find brown, beige and more options on these pages. Finding the perfect retro 1940s gown may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 20th Century, can also be found on the site. Making an accessory such as this has likely been a part of the legacy of many fashion designers, but those produced by Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and John Galliano are consistently popular. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Retro 1940s Gown?

Prices for a retro 1940s gown can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $309 and can go as high as $150,000, while, on average they fetch $1,123.

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.

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