1960s Lancetti Haute Couture Gold Silk and Lurex Beaded Dress Suit


This haute couture dress suit was created in the 1960s by Italian 'Alta Moda' label Lancetti. Founded in 1961, Pino Lancetti earned the nickname “tailor painter” for his collections inspired by renowned painters, creating clothes for Royal Princesses and the Italian glitterati during the 1960s and 1970s. Notable clients included Princess Soraya of Iran, Queen Paola of Belgium and Salima Aga Khan.

The slip dress is cut from silk chiffon, lined in Habotai silk and the cocooning jacket is tailored the same length. Labelled inside the slip, it reads “LANCETTI ROMA”. The hand-crafted details of the jacket lend it an artistic quality, with delicate beadwork and sequins forming floral motifs across a wave-stitched web of metallic thread. A single hook-and-eye clasp secures the jacket at the neck. This couture piece is in very good to excellent vintage condition; there are some miniscule pinholes on the front of the slip and some very well executed repairs to the chiffon and organza fabric of the jacket. We could only see these when the ensemble was in hand as they are undetectable when worn. The slip is a best fit for a UK size 8, US 4 although the jacket, which is oversized would fit sizes bigger. Our model is a UK 6-8 and 5ft 4 / 163 cm, the slip dress was a little roomy on her. 

Bust - 41 in. (104.14 cm)
Waist - 41 in. (104.14 cm)
Shoulder - 16.5 in. (41.91)
Hip - 41 in. (104.14 cm)
Length - 36.6 in. (92.9 cm)

Bust - 32 in. (81.28 cm)
Waist - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Hip - 36 in. (91.44 cm)
Length - 38.8 in. (98.5 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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