1960s Lachasse Bee Pattern Silk Dress

A 1960s silk bee print dress by none other than Lachasse, one of the oldest British couture houses having opened in 1926, it sadly closed its doors in 2006. The dress is entirely handmade and was made in the same tradition as haute couture fashion from the ateliers in Paris. Nearly all of Lachasse's clients were wealthy titled ladies, including royality and socialites. It is lined in mustard silk and the colours are turquoise, lilac, pale lilac and shocking pink. The dress has a high scoop neck with a fixed tie and princess cut seams. The front hem is arranged in seamed fan-like panels giving the dress fluidity of movement. It fastens to the rear with a concealed zip which is original to the dress as well as hooks and eyes. The cuffs on the long sleeves have small zips around 10 centimetres long.

The condition of the dress is very good - very fresh looking and the silk has retained all its lustre. On close inspection there are one or two very small water marks which are well hidden in the busy print and are difficult to see unless inspecting very closely. This piece will improve further with each dry cleaning. There are also one or two stressed areas on the underside forarm seams on the sleeves. This is minor in nature and they cannot be seen when worn. Will best fit US 6-8, UK size 10-12.

BUST - 46 in. (116.8 cm)
WAIST - 35 in. (88.9 cm)
HIP - 40 in. (101.6 cm)
LENGTH - 47 in. (119.4 cm)
SHOULDERS - 14 in. (35.6 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.

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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