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ARCHIVE: 1930s Deep Purple Velvet Bias Cut Gown With Gold Lame Cloak Sleeves

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This enchanting 1930s deep purple velvet evening gown is in superb condition and exudes the glamour of the era. The rich velvet fabric is a deep aubergine shade and is skilfully cut on the bias to flatter an hourglass figure, drawing in snugly at the waist and easily over the curve of the hips. The panels at the front and reverse of the gown taper to a point just below the knees, whereby the skirt flares out into a dramatic floor sweeping fishtail hem. The neckline is a gentle V shape gathered at the centre of the bust into sunburst pleats, while the reverse has a squared neckline to reveal the upper mid back. The key design feature of this exquisite piece are the stylish sleeves, which are rushed at the seams the length of the bodice like a batwing, and open up at the elbow to reveal the arm as if they were a cape. The insides of the sleeves are lined in a decadent metallic silk lame embossed with an abstract floral design. There is no fastening present however the cut of the fabric provides adequate stretch for the gown to be drawn over the head and bust. This spectacular piece would best suit a US size 4, UK size 8. However, it is worthy of note that while the bust has less flexibility, the waist and hips are incredibly accommodating due to the nature of the bias cut and could work a dress size up if desired.

BUST - 32 in. (81.28 cm)
WAIST - 26 in. (66.04 cm)
HIP - 34 in. (86.36 cm)
LENGTH - 58 in. (147.32 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?

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