ARCHIVE - 1980s Roland Klein Black Jersey and Striped Satin Dress

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This early 1980s playful evening dress is by renowned royal designer Roland Klein who designed for various French fashion houses including; Christian Dior, Jean Patou - whilst Karl Lagerfeld was head designer, Marcel Fenez and finally in his own name from 1979. The dress is wonderfully understated and chic with a black jersey elongated torso and trimmed with a deep satin flounce of vertical stripes in black and dark fuchsia pink. The dress has retained its matching and very long fabric satin sash belt. We have styled this dress with the belt around the waistline but it could just as easily be styled around the neck in a giant bow or even used as a hair piece - there are so many options. The dress has no zip fastening and slips on over the body; there is a toggle button fastening at the back to allow access.

In fantastic vintage condition with no faults of any note and the colours bright and fresh. Looks unworn. The dress will best fit a modern size UK 6-8, US 2-6 although is labelled a vintage UK 12.

Klein designed clothes for Diana, Princess of Wales throughout her time in the public eye, including one of her favourite outfits, frequently seen at polo matches and informal occasions from 1981 to 1987 - a trompe l'oeil jumper decorated with rhinestones.

BUST - 32 in. (81.5 cm)
WAIST - 28 in. (71 cm)
LENGTH - 39.5 in. (100 cm)
BELT LENGTH - 85 in. (215 cm)

Pickup currently unavailable at CIRCA VINTAGE


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.

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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

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


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