ARCHIVE - 1930s Silver Lamé Bias Cut Gown With Empire Waistband and Matching Jacket

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This enchanting 1930s floor sweeping bias cut silver lamé gown with matching cropped jacket is in beautiful vintage condition with exquisite finishings although unlabeled. The soft ivory and pale blue striped silk fabric is arranged alongside the central front seam in diagonals to create a chevron pattern. There is gleaming silver lamé thread machine-stitched over the surface of the fabric in a swirling loop design so that the fabric is slightly textured. The dress features a subtle sweetheart neckline and wide set shoulder straps, with sunburst gathering and pleats below the bust that are gathered into the empire waistline. The long skirt flows from the waistline in soft folds to a hand rolled hem finishing and the bias cut allows for a generous fit over the hip. There is a series of concealed popper fastenings to the left of the waist so that the dress is more easily accessed. The matching cropped jacket is collarless and designed to be worn open without fastenings. The quarter length sleeves are gathered at the shoulder into a feminine puff and tapered slightly above the elbow. There is a pretty rolled seam at the centre front and hem. This spellbinding piece would be perfect for black tie, or would make a sensational vintage bridal ensemble. Would best fit a US size 4, UK 8 with some give in the hip.

NB: The jacket is very petite across the back.

LENGTH - 38.1cm/ 15"
BUST - 81.2cm / 32"
SLEEVE - 25.4cm/ 10"
ACROSS BACK - 28.7cm/ 11.3"


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