Royal Blue Bruce Oldfield Couture Dress


A couture contemporary dress from Bruce Oldfield, a celebrated UK designer who is in his fifth decade of exclusive design. He is renowned for his occasion wear and this is a beautiful and understated example in royal blue silk chiffon and silk crepe de chine. The chiffon fabric forms the top layer of the body of the dress. The sleeves, which are bracelet length, remain sheer and they fasten with four fabric covered buttons. The crepe de chine underdress has very elaborate construction with a fully boned and padded bodice section. The artful internal panelling has a full corseted back fastening with hook and eyes to give this dress an incredible shape so that the top layer of chiffon floats over the body. All this shape work is artfully concealed and complimented by the skilful placement of an invisible zip to the centre back of the chiffon top layer. The dress has an elegant cross-over portrait neck and the chiffon falls gracefully from the empire line bust in a bias cut.

Formally owned by a senior figure of the European aristocracy, the dress is in excellent vintage condition. There are some faint signs of wear but nothing that detracts and this garment presents extremely well. This dress will fit up to a UK size 10, US 6. Today, a Bruce Oldfield couture gown of this quality and construction would cost in excess of £6k from his London atelier.

BUST - 34 in. (86.4 cm)
WAIST - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
HIP - 34 in. (83.8 cm)
LENGTH - 60 in. (152.4 cm)
SHOULDERS - 17 in. (43.2 cm)

Bruce Oldfield is a British fashion designer renowned the world over for his couture occasion-wear. He has dressed innumerable famous women including Princess Diana, Barbara Streisand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rihanna, Anjelica Houston and Queen Rania of Jordan. Bruce's father was Jamaican but was never known to Bruce. He was raised in foster homes and this is where his love for designing and making clothes began as he was cared for at one point by a seamstress. Attending London's St. Martin's School of Art he graduated in 1973 to critical acclaim and held his first one-man show for Henri Bendel. In 1975 his eponymous label, Bruce Oldfield launched with a collection of ready-to-wear pieces for both the European and American markets. He was much sought after for couture clothes and from 1980 Diana, Princess of Wales came to him regularly. He continues to design couture, bridal and custom made pieces from his London atelier at 27 & 34 Beauchamp Place, London SW3. 

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.

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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.

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

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