ARCHIVED - 1970s Silk Chiffon Scarlet Red Victoriana Maxi Dress

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This is a superb example of 1970s lux Victoriana fashion and has many high end couture elements and tailoring. The dress is made of the finest scarlet red silk chiffon in contrasting ribbon bands and the design is synonymous with the long flowing dresses of the era. Although this piece is unlabelled, we believe it is by one of the great British couture designers, perhaps Hartnell, Amis or Gina Fratini. The bodice has been fashioned to look like a corset but is in fact comprised of clever panelling and ruffles. There is a small, inverted waistline at the front and this is much more exaggerated at the back to keep the A-line look of the dress. The sleeves are a shorter version of an angel sleeve with two layers of ruffles. The edges have been hand stitched and reinforced to ensure the correct draping effect. The skirt is a simple flare from the waistline that is panelled with a deep ruffle flounce hem. The dress zips up at the back with a centre zip fastening and hook and eye. The dress is lined in fine quality Fuji silk of Italian origin as it is printed "seta pura" in the selvage.

This dress is in very good vintage condition with a just few small pulls on the lower section of the skirts; the bodice is perfect. Would fit up to a UK size 8-10, US 4-6.


BUST - 35 in. (88.9 cm)
WAIST - 28 in. (71.1 cm)
HIP - 38 in. (76.5 cm)
LENGTH - 57.5 in. (146.1 cm)
SHOULDERS - 17 in. (43.2 cm)


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. 

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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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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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Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

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