ARCHIVE - 1990s Scaasi Off the Shoulder Silk Floral Dress

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Arnold Scaasi was known for his high-end occasion wear and exceptional clientele of Royal Women, First Ladies, film starlets, singers, socialites and celebrities. This dress is a great example of his work during the late 1980s to early 1990s and is exceptionally well made. The fabric is a silk jacquard with an almost painterly floral print of red and orange with green foliage against a black background. The jacquard has a petal weave within the fabric that compliments the floral print.

With a deep V plunge, there are concealed, elasticated shoulder straps to allow the wearer more grip at the shoulders. The dress can also be worn off the shoulder with the three-quarter length sleeves having elaborate ruching to gently taper in the fabric on the forearms. That ruching mirrors the crossover design of the bodice with a left to right criss-cross of pleating that drops into the wide gathered skirt. It has a decorative double bow over the left hip. The dress fastens to the rear with a concealed zipper and is beautifully lined in black silk organza. It has a further quality silk lining that has a reinforced hemline to create volume in the lower portion of the skirt. There's also an attached net flounce for additional volume.

The label on the inside lining states the size as a US 10 and professional dry clean only. The dress was retailed in Neiman Marcus, which befits the luxury of this garment as such elaborate construction and attention to detail is rarely seen in modern fashion. In fabulous vintage condition, no issues of any note and a modern best fit for up to a UK 12 or US 8.

Bust - 36 in. (91.4 cm)
Waist - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Hip - 42 in. (106.7 cm)
Length - 37.5 in. (95.3 cm)
Shoulders - 44 in. (111.8 cm)


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

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