1970s Adolfo Blue and Pink Embroidered Velvet Maxi Skirt

This exceptional, circa 1970, Adolfo Sardina black velvet embroidered maxi skirt is in excellent archival condition and ready to be worn for any statement occasion. It is expertly embroidered with luxurious pink, blue and gold threads that create a beautiful repeating mandala effect pattern. The skirt is made of a thick black velour velvet and fully lined with a semi-satin polyester fabric on the inside. The embroidered velour has been pleated all around the waist, which creates a deliciously playful volume to the skirt. The skirt is quite thick in nature, so it has the potential to keep you warm in the winter without looking bulky; it would look sensational paired with a form-hugging bodysuit for the red carpet or a black turtleneck sweater for a dinner party.

Some of Adolfo’s finest and earliest work was recycling vintage and antique patchwork fabrics into maxi skirts, very similar in style to this one. The skirt, which looks as good as the day it was made, can fit up to a size UK 12 or US 8 with the skirt falling at the hips rather than the waist for smaller sizes.

Notes on Designer:

Adolfo Sardina was renowned for creating beautiful, intricate garments to haute couture standards designed to be layered and worn together. He achieved international fashion fame as one of Nancy Reagan’s favourite designers during her years as first lady after being introduced by Betsy Bloomingdale. He started his career as a milliner and apprenticed under both Cristobel Balenciaga and Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. He dressed many of society’s most prominent women for almost three decades after he opened his own fashion house in 1962, including the Duchess of Windsor, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Babe Paley and Gloria Vanderbilt.

Waist - 29 in. (73.5 cm)
Hip - 49 in. ( 124 cm)
Length - 42 in. (106.5 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.

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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.

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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

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