1940s Haute Couture Purple Satin Chiffon Dress


Original late 1930s or early 1940s purple satin and chiffon gown with matching waist sash. This beautiful unlaballed haute couture dress is of superb quality and construction and is in absolutely incredible vintage condition. The skirt finish is something to behold with individual satin ribbons applied at extremely regular intervals across a silk crepe skirt. The dress has a princess neckline darting at the waist and with superb puff sleeves. The dress is lined in matching silk, with a grosgrain waistband and fastens at the back with a large number of hook and eye fastenings. The dress also has poppers to access the back of the skirt. We don't doubt that the origin of this dress is either French or British and is entirely hand-stitched in keeping with haute couture tradition. Everything about this dress exudes quality. It would make a fantastic alternative bridal gown. There are no faults with this dress which is remarkable given its age. It would best fit up to a UK size 10-12 or US 6 -8. Our model is a UK 8-10 and is 5ft 11in (180cm), this was a little roomy on her. 

BUST - 38 in. (96.5 cm)
WAIST - 28 in. (71 cm)
HIP - 40 in. (101.5 cm)
LENGTH - 57 in. (145 cm)
SHOULDERS - 15 in. (38 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