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1950s Red Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Red Lace Cocktail Dress Fabulous 1950s long, red lace cocktail dress with pleated flounce and boned hooded, shawl collar. B 34 W 26 H 38 L 51
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Chic Vintage Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress in black and white. The dress has a black body , and black and white bodice. It has a central back zip , and the bust area is lined.
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950s Red Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Red Lace Cocktail Dress B 30 W 26 H 40 L 45
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Blue Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A pretty headturning cocktail dress. The dress is in a blue fabric with gold and silver embellishment. It has a drape effect on the back and a central back zip. The dress is fully l...
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1960s Blue Silk Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960s Blue Silk Cocktail Dress B 34 W 26 H 44 L 46
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Couture pink cocktail dress 1960's
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
60's chiffon cocktail dress totally draped with a rhinestone broche
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Richilene Cocktail Dress
By Richilene
Located in Riverdale, NY
Charming cocktail dress by Richilene. Bodice heavily embroidered with black and iridiscent sequins with white glass and white chenille floss florals. Flirty multilayered skirt of poi...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950s White Jacquard Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s White Jacquard Cocktail Dress. Interesting origami bodice design. Ties at waist at back. Built in tulle petticoat.
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1980S Red Silk Sequin Encrusted Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1980S Red Silk Sequin Encrusted Cocktail Dress
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1960S Black Beaded Mod Mini Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1960S Black Beaded Mod Mini Cocktail Dress
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Chanel vintage chiffon cocktail dress
By Chanel Boutique
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Vintage printed chiffon and gold chain bustier cocktail's dress with Chanel "boutique" label Back width = 40cm French Size 40
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1920s like Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A pretty 1920s style cocktail dress. The dress has a v neckline with a lace skirt , central lace panel and bead decoration.
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Chanel Couture Chiffon Cocktail Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Couture,apricot tone, sleeveless, chiffon, chemise style, cocktail dress, having diagonal, pleating detail and a gathered tiered hem.
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Blue Raw Silk Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage sky blue raw silk cocktail dress. This shift style vintage cocktail dress has pretty bead detail on the neckline , arm holes and hem It is fully line with a central ba...
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Jean Varon Cocktail Dress
By Jean Varon
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress by British designer Jane Varon. The dress has a v neckline ,elbow length sleeves, a net underskirt, and peplum like detail.
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Galanos Lace Cocktail Dress
By Galanos
Located in New York, NY
Galanos, lace and silk crepe, long sleeve, cocktail dress . Red lace outer layer having a floral ribbon embroidery detail over a yellow silk crepe, creating a dramatic color effect...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Cocktail Dress by Hagarty
Located in London, GB
A great cocktail dress by Irish designer Hagarty. In a lovely devorre like fabric the dress has a v backline , gathered puff sleaves and a full skirt.
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Geoffrey Beene Cocktail Dress
By Geoffrey Beene
Located in New York, NY
Geoffrey Beene, halter neckline cocktail dress with matching fitted jacket. Dress bodice is very fitted with halter back and neck in a pink and and white small check woven fabric. Th...
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Late 20th Century Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Black Velvet Eyelet Cocktail Dress, 1950s
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Black Velvet Eyelet Cocktail Dress.
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950s Cinch Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress with shawl collar with fringe detail . The dress has wonderful tailoring and opens with a side zip, and is fully lined.
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

A Chic Vintage Dinner /Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage dinner /cocktail dress. The dress has a black taffetta shawl like, shawl collar with fringing, a side zip opening, elbow length sleaves and is fully lined.
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Givenchy Couture Strapless Cocktail Dress
By Givenchy
Located in New York, NY
Givenchy Couture, slate blue, silk, strapless, fitted, cocktail dress, having a built in bra, and side slits exposing chiffon, bias cut "handkercheif " panels. Interior is lined in o...
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Carolyne Roehm Black Cocktail Dress w/Bow
By Carolyne Roehm, Saks Fifth Avenue
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a black crepe long sleeve cocktail dress by Carolyne Roehm. The cocktail dress has a black satin sash with a bow, deep square neckline, princess darts, and a zipper up the ba...
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

80s Black Sequin Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
80s Black Sequin Cocktail Dress
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950s Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A head turning cocktail dress from the 1950s. The dress has a deep v neckline and backline. with a flared skirt and wonderful velvet flowers and detail on the hem.
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Moschino black "Ribbon" cocktail dress
By Moschino
Located in New York, NY
Moschino black cocktail dress has long 41" length ribbons on both shoulders, front and back. One can wear it as shown or choice of tying into bows.
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950s Lillie Rubin Red Beaded Cocktail Dress
By Lillie Rubin
Located in San Francisco, CA
Lillie Rubin Red Beaded Cocktail Dress Stunning cocktail dress, entirely hand beaded with glass beads. This is a truly show stopping piece. B 36 W 30 H 40 L 43
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Cresta Couture Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A pretty vintage cocktail dress by Cresta Couture . The dress is in a pistachio green colour and has a round neckline, full skirt with bow detail, central back zip and layers of pett...
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Cocktail Dress by Neusteters
By Neusteters
Located in London, GB
A chic gold cocktail dress, ideal for the party season. The dress has a round neckline, and is fully lined with a central back zip and attractive petal /layered detail on the front.
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1960s Ruffled Front Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960s Ruffled Front Cocktail Dress. Black crepe fabric, fully lined.
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950s Salmon Pink Beaded Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Salmon Pink Beaded Cocktail Dress Completely hand beaded bodice. B 34 W 28 H 36 L 37
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Black Vintage 1950s Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic black vintage cocktail dress from the 1950s., The dress is strapless, but straps could easily be added with lace detail on the bust area. It has a side zip opening and a flare...
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950s Pink And Black Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Pink And Black Lace Cocktail Dress Stunning 1950s cocktail dress, predominantly light pink with black lace overlay, and hand sequinned hem detailing. B 44 W 49 H 52 L 37
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Worth Black Cocktail Dress
By Worth
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress by Worth. The dress is wonderfully constructed with internal boning, and is fully lined with a central back zip. It has velvet straps and hem. Measure...
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Bruce Oldfield Silk Cocktail Dress
By Bruce Oldfield
Located in London, GB
A chic cocktail dress by British designer Bruce Oldfield. The dress is in a pale lilac/ silver silk, and is fully lined. The dress has an interesting t detail at the back and a diama...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Bill Blass Black Cocktail Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bill Blass Black 1980's Strapless Cocktail Dress. Lace bodice with bow and car wash flaps over skirt portion. Back zip closure. *ALL MEASUREMENTS TAKEN FLAT* Size Label: 4 Armpit t...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1980S Metallic Silver & Red Geometric Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1980S Metallic Silver & Red Geometric Lace Cocktail Dress
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

50s Gold Jacquard Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
50s Gold Jacquard Cocktail Dress. Pleated skirt is with stiffened lining helps keep structure. Three quarter sleeves. Elegant boat neck collar. Back zips up center with metal zipper ...
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

50s Black Chantilly Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
50s Black Chantilly Lace Cocktail Dress. Metal side zip closure. Custom made, hand finished.
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1990S Sapphire Blue Silk Duchess Satin Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1990S Sapphire Blue Silk Duchess Satin Cocktail Dress
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Didier Ludot Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic cocktail dress by Didier Ludot , Paris. The dress has a deep v neckline, short sleaves, two pocketss at the front, and is decorated with bead edged circles. It is fully ined a...
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Silk Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress in a pretty yellow/gold colour . The dress has a scoop neckline, front and back with small gathering at the waist. It is fully lined with a central back...
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950S Cream & Black Lace Tulle Strapless Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1950S Cream & Black Lace Tulle Strapless Cocktail Dress
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950S Black & White Silk Organza Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1950S Black & White Silk Organza Lace Cocktail Dress
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Anna Molinari black cocktail dress
By Anna Molinari
Located in New York, NY
Anna Molonari black cocktail dress has an open back feature. The back length measeures 30 3/4". The front length measures 40", waist is 28", hips are 37 1/2". The hem circumfere...
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

60s Blue Sequin Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
60s Blue Sequin Cocktail Dress. Hand embellished all over sequins in iridescent light blue, with three dimensional roses in dark blue on a sweater knit dress. Zips up back. On side s...
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Calvin Klein Black Lace Cocktail Dress, c. 1990s.
By Calvin Klein
Located in New York, NY
Calvin Klein Black Lace Cocktail Dress, c. 1990s. Calvin Klein Black Lace Cocktail Dress featuring low cut V-ncekline and shoulder pads. Beautiful Lace hem extends past chiffon linin...
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Chanel vintage red chiffon cocktail dress
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel Boutique
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Vintage red chiffon bustier cocktail's dress with Chanel "boutique" label Back width = 40cm French Size 34
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1990s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1950'S Black Silk Organza Baroque Embroiderd Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1950'S Black Silk Organza Baroque Embroiderd Cocktail Dress
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Herve Leger Cocktail Dress
By Herve Léger
Located in London, GB
A chic cocktail dress by Herve Leger. The dress is in an attractive dark aubergine colour with black sparkle detail on the shoulder straps, front and back. Measurements: the dress i...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Chic Vintage Silver Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress in a pretty silver fabric. The dress has a detachable train at the rear , and has a round neckline, scoop backline, is fully lined, with a back central ...
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1960s Ivory Crocheted Lace Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960s Ivory Crocheted Lace Cocktail Dress. Aurora Borealis crystals embellish top of bodice. Lined with matching colored fabric.
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Peter Robinson Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A colourful vintage cocktail dress by Peter Robinson. The dress is in a wonderful combination of colours, yellow,olive and ivory stripes with gold trim. It has a v neckline and back...
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1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Victor Costa Cocktail Dress
By Victor Costa
Located in London, GB
A chic cocktail dress by Victor Costa . The dress is strapless with the body of the dress covered in sequins with a velvet band at the top and hem. Labelled style 8160 F. Measurement...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Dusty Pink Lace Cocktail Dress
By MELBRAY of LONDON
Located in London, GB
A pretty dusty pink lace vintage cocktail dress . The has a drop waist , a v backline, central back zip and is fully lined.
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Galanos Draped Crepe Cocktail Dress
By Galanos
Located in New York, NY
James Galanos, 3 ply, silk crepe, cocktail dress, having long sleeves with a deep v neck at the center. Bodice is very fitted with signature, Galanos horizontal ruching . Skirt is b...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Black and white crêpe cocktail dress Valentino
By Valentino
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Black and white crêpe cocktail dress
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Odicini Couture Cocktail Dress
By ANDREA ODICINI COUTURE
Located in London, GB
A chic and pretty vintage cocktail dress by Odicini Couture. The dress has a lace top and spot skirt with bow at the front. It is strapless but shoulder straps could easily be added....
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Odicini Couture Cocktail Dress
By ANDREA ODICINI COUTURE
Located in London, GB
A head turning vintage cocktail dress by Odicini Couture. The body of the dress is in black silk with shoulder straps and a large striped bow on one shoulder. There are two pockets...
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1980s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

1960's Geoffrey Beene Black Silk Cocktail Dress
By Geoffrey Beene
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Cute and chic 1960's Geoffrey Beene black silk crepe cocktail dress. Empire waist and cap sleeve. Perfect for nearly any occasion. Invisible zipper closure up back. Excellent vintag...
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1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses

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Vintage Cocktail Dresses For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are many options to choose from in our collection of vintage cocktail dresses. Our collection of vintage cocktail dresses 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 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. There have been many classic iterations of vintage cocktail dresses over the years, but those made by Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar De La Renta are often thought to be among the most stylish. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much are Vintage Cocktail Dresses?

On average, vintage cocktail dresses on 1stDibs sell for $819, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $112,000 for the highest priced versions of these items.

Finding the Right Evening Dresses and Gowns 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. 

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This New York Bride Made a Statement in a Rare Saint Laurent

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