ARCHIVE - 1950s Ann Gerrard Couture Russet Satin Beadwork Dress

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The first thing you notice about this 1950s Ann Gerrard couture made dress is the wonderful russet orange colour satin fabric. This is the first time we have ever seen a dress made from this unusual colour in satin fabric and it has the most wonderful details. The dress charms with its scooped neck embellished with bugle beads, rocaille beads, pearls and studded crystals. The 3-dimensional flowers are appliqued around the neckline. The dress is princess seamed and flows into a straight skirt that has a mermaid flare towards the bottom of the hemline. The back fastening zip is original and we really love the little detail whereby one of the flower petals is folded over to conceal the fastening at the top of the neck. It is lined in matching acetate fabric and with the couture label of Ann Gerrard of 27 Bruton Street. This sateen fabric is notoriously prone to blemishes and marks from age; however, this dress has escaped harsh wear and is in really excellent vintage condition for its age, with just one or two very minor blemishes that cannot be seen when worn. The dress is small around the waistline and will best fit a UK size 6 to 8.

Bust - 36 in. (91.4 cm)
Waist - 26 in. (66 cm)
Hip - 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Length - 42.5 in. (107.9 cm)
Shoulders - 17 in. (43.2 cm)

Pickup currently unavailable at CIRCA VINTAGE


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

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