1980s Hardy Amies Couture Satin and Lace Cocktail Dress


Known today as the home of luxury British menswear, Hardy Amies earnt his stripes designing womenswear. Best renowned for his appointment in 1955 to HRH Queen Elizabeth II as Royal Dressmaker, Aimes created pieces for many public figures and the quality of his work is undeniably reflected in this little black dress. Suitably show-stealing and perfect for a high-glamour event, the bodice and sleeves are tailored from thick black lace which allows the skin to peep through. Further detailed with floral embroidery and tonal sequins, it comes alive as it catches the light. The mid-calf length skirt is tailored from black silk, two soft pleats falling from under the wide, glossy satin bow at the waist. Double-lined with both black crepe and satin, it fastens with a hidden tonal zip at the rear along with a single hook-and-eye clasp.

This 1980s couture gown is a collectable piece of Hardy Amies tailoring and is in excellent vintage condition. We noted a tiny pull on the silk skirt but this is not noticeable when worn. Very fresh looking and no evidence of alterations; perfect for your next cocktail party! A best fit for a UK 6-8 or US 2-4.


BUST - 34 in. (86 cm)

WAIST - 28 in. (71 cm)

HIP - 34 in. (86 cm)

LENGTH - 47 in. (119 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.

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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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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