ARCHIVE - 1930s Floral Georgette Full Length Tea Dress

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This is an exquisite example of 1930s fashion made from a wonderful floral cotton organza or stiffer georgette fabric. The colourful floral print showcases a mix of hydrangeas and old roses in lilacs, greens and pinks set against a midnight blue/black background. The dress has a small square neckline which has been gathered with vertical pleats falling to a wide waistband. The dress is flared and panelled to ankle length. The small puff sleeves have small, original shoulder pads. The dress fastens to the side with poppers and additionally there is a keyhole insert at the back of the neck with a popper. The dress has been skilfully handmade and finished by a dressmaker in our opinion and there are no labels present.

It is in extraordinary condition for something of its age. The colour is still very fresh and bright, the fabric retains its strength and it shows little signs of wear. The only thing of note is that there are a few scattered, age related marks that only really show through on a handful of the white flowers; they blend in exceptionally well with the print and would never be seen when worn. This dress would look fantastic with a pale or pastel coloured slip but equally great with modern nude undergarments due to the sheerness of the fabric. It would make a perfect alternative wedding dress or bridesmaids dress. It will fit up to UK size 10-12, US 6-8.

Bust - 40 in. (101.6 cm)
Waist - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Hip - 40 in. (101.6 cm)
Length - 37.5 in. (95.3 cm)
Shoulders - 17 in. (43.2 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