1970s Unknown Couture Colourful Silk Checked Skirt and Cape Ensemble


This sensational 1970s silk couture skirt and cape ensemble with multicoloured check design is of superb quality and in excellent vintage condition with a contemporary high fashion aesthetic. The pure silk fabric is a gorgeous combination of vermilion and pastel tones in over-sized check with a captivating surface interplay. The voluminous floor length skirt flares out from the waistband in soft folds and has a single frilled tier in purple check a third of the length from the hem. There is a band of acrylic inside the tier to reinforce the shape with a crinoline effect and a central zip fastening at the reverse. The cape draws in at the neckline with a tie to form a high-necked Victoriana style collar, and has a draw string tie at the waist. The front of the cape is open allow freedom of movement when worn. As there are no arm holes it is designed to envelope the torso. The overall effect is dramatic and deeply elegant. This magnificent set could also be worn as separates and is a rare piece for the discerning collector as it is undoubtedly from a noteworthy designer whose label has fallen off. Would best suit a US size 0-2, UK 6 in view of the petite waistband.

BUST - 40 in. (101.6 cm)
WAIST - 24 in. (60.96 cm)
HIP - 34 in. (86.36 cm)
LENGTH - 41 in. (104.14 cm)

We found this image of a Balenciaga Evening Dress that appeaared in Vogue Paris in 1950 and we think it looks very similar!

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

What payment methods do you accept?

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