1950s Harvey Nichols Silk Floral Strapless Ruched Dress


A purveyor of luxury goods since the 19th century, Harvey Nichols’ reputation as a luxury department store has stood the test of time. This dress was designed in the 1950s and is crafted from crisp taffeta silk printed with hazy florals in taupe, khaki and mauve. It has a bustier top with corset boning sewn into the white acetate lining. The single, asymmetric shoulder strap is pleated to match the wide waistband and the two meet at the back like a sash detail. This manipulation of the fabric continues along the side of the body; the cloth appears to swirl around the wearer’s body, gathering at the left hip and falling in pleats to below the knee. Fastens at the centre of the back with a zipper hidden beneath a placket.

A very well made dress approaching 70 years old and presented in very good to excellent vintage condition - a testament to Harvey Nichols’ eye for quality. The silk retains its luster and the fabric is clean; we spotted a few areas of silk strand separation on a few edges but this is a minor, age-related condition which looks stable. We normally tuck these under with a few stiches but will leave that to the new owner; they are hardly noticeable unless inspecting the dress very closely and certainly not when worn. One pin-head hole on placket noted near bottom of zip. The measurements suggest a best fit for modern sizes around a UK 12 or US 8.


BUST - 36 in. (91 cm)

WAIST - 31 in. (79 cm)

HIP - 42 in. (107 cm)

LENGTH - 46 in. (117 cm)

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

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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.

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Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

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