1960s Rahvis Couture Purple Crepe Mod Dress


Cut from vibrant purple crepe, this exceptional 1960s dress is by Royal British couturiers - Rahvis. Founded as a couture salon, “Rahvis Gowns”, in 1929, it was one of very few female-lead labels at this time. Run by two sisters, Raemonde and Dora, Rahvis was known for its feminine detailing, high production standards and was worn by royalty and rockstars alike. They became prominent costume designers in the British film industry and their work is held by numerous fashion museums worldwide.

The sisters’ eye-for-detail can be seen in the canny tailoring of this dress; the layered bib front wraps around the dress and attaches back at the centre front with concealed poppers and hooks and eyes, complete with bow detailing. The high collared neckline is framed by cut-out, peekaboo detailing. Hook-and-eye clasps secure it at the back of the collar alongside a tonal rear zip. It is fully lined and is in excellent vintage condition - no faults of any note. The dress has probably been shortened at the hem but this is only evident on the underside - no 'tide marks' are present on the crepe. Will best fit sizes up to a UK 10 or US 6. Our model is a UK 6-8 and 5 ft 4in (163cm), this was roomy on her.

Bust - 36 in. (91.5 cm)
Waist - 31 in. (78.5 cm)
Hip - 36.5 in. (92.5 cm)
Length - 41 in. (104 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.

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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.

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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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