1930s Silk Floral Bias Cut Dress with Applique

1930s silk bias cut dress in a beautiful 'cottage' style floral print, perfect for spring and summer. It features a rounded neckline with a front floral applique for an added feminine touch. The dress has a straight cut torso with inverted waistband panels which transition into a flared, bias cut skirt from the hip down. With additional diamond darts front and back that create a wonderful sense of movement. Though unlined, the silk is of exceptional quality and is not at all transparent - it has a delicate, illustrative pattern of springtime flowers in shades of orange, pink, lilac, baby blue and pastel green. The scooped back features a keyhole cutout with a sash tie.

For a dress of this age, this piece is in incredible vintage condition and is delicate but very wearable. We have fused the underarms to reinforce the fabric which has thinned with age. There is also a very small, neat, darned area in green cotton right on the underarm seam which we have left as it is a good mend and cannot be seen unless inspecting the dress very carefully. Although the dress has no label, the quality of the craftsmanship is evident and most likely handmade by a skilled seamstress. The construction and use of pinking shears for the seams suggest this is an early American piece. Due to its loose, bias-cut shape and lack of fastening, this dress can be slipped on over the head to suit a range of sizes between a UK 10 to small 14, or 6 to 10 US.

Bust - 42 in. (106.7 cm)
Waist - 36 in. (91.4 cm)
Hip - 52 in. (132.1 cm)
Length - 55 in. (139.7 cm)
Shoulders - 15 in. (38.1 cm)

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

Usually ready in 24 hours


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