ARCHIVE - 1910s Whitework Fleur de Lis Print and Lace Dress

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An extraordinary 1910s mousseline cotton lawn dress with handmade lace inserts and fleur de lis print. This antique, turn of the century lawn dress is a rare find and is in such extraordinarily vintage condition. It is made from the finest and softest mousseline cotton with a dainty grey tone all-over fleur de lis print. Fleur de lis is the heraldic emblem of the French nobility. The high waisted but not quite empire line bodice has a fabulous array of pleating and pin tucking and we believe the lace is "cluny torchon" bobbin lace. The trim runs in vertical bands and also decorates the waistband, high neck round collar and the ruffle running down the middle bodice seam. The sleeves are gently tapered and three quarter length with a wide lace cuff. The skirt element has pin tuck darting either side of the wider central panel with a gently shaped a-line skirt that falls to around ankle length. The skirt hem is trimmed with additional rows of cotton muslin to add some weight and detail to the bottom of the skirt. The dress fastens to the rear with real mother of pearl buttons interspersed with hooks and eyes.

Condition wise this is verging on extraordinary for a dress well over 100 years old - there are no breaks in the cotton, it is freshly laundered and the white is exceptionally bright. Not only is this dress in superb antique condition it is also a wearable size with a good waist and the structure is very sound. The dress will best fit around the UK size 8-10 US 4-6.


Bust - 35 in (88.9 cm)
Waist - 28 in (71.1 cm)
Hip - 38 in (96.5 cm)
Length - 51.5 in (130.8 cm)
Shoulders - 15 in (38.1 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

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer, contactless, Paypal