1970s Diana Leslie Black Velvet Fishtail Maxi Skirt

This 1970s maxi skirt is by renowned boutique owner and knitwear designer Diana Leslie who owned Animal Rainbow boutique in London and Countdown in Greenwich Village, New York, during the 1960s through to the early 1980s. Bette Midler was one of her best known clients and she specialised in one of a kind, dramatic pieces that had very limited runs. This skirt certainly represents the very fashionable Victorian revival trend of the late 1960s which ran through until the mid 1970s in both the US and UK.

Made from gorgeously soft charcoal black velvet and although unlined, the material is lovely and thick - perfect for the cooler months. The skirt fastens down the back with the original metal zip and a hook and eye closure at the top. It runs more fitted through the hip and then flares out from around mid thigh, with pleated detail to create that classic fishtail shape. The skirt is in great vintage condition; the only thing to note is some very minor grazing to the fabric on the left hand side seam. However due to the placement and dark colour of the velvet, this is not visible when worn. It would best fit a size 6-8 UK, or 2-4 US.


WAIST: 26 in. ( 66.04 cm )
HIP: 37 in. ( 93.98 cm )
LENGTH: 42. in ( 106.68 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.

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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.

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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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