1980s Black Silk Jersey Batwing Dress with Leather Applique

Statement 1980s silk jersey trapeze dress, complete with dramatic leather appliqué detail to each shoulder. It has a high, gently rounded neckline and fastens loosely at the rear with two diamanté style buttons with a keyhole opening. The fabric is an incredibly soft, lightweight black silk jersey, which feels luxurious and comfortable against the skin. The dress has wide batwing sleeves, each finished at the cuff with the same diamanté button detail. The shoulders feature a unique appliqué detail made of silver and black leather rosettes, shells, pearls and beads, as well as leather tassels and silk bows against a glitter background. The dress gently skims the body and falls to around ankle length.

A very avant-garde design and despite extensive research, I have been unable to identify the designer but this WAS somebody. No labels at all but the quality of this British design and the materials used made this a costly item to produce; it would have retailed in a top London boutique of the day.

The dress is in fabulous vintage condition with no faults or stains to note. It is loosely fitted and would best suit anywhere between a size UK 10 to size 16 UK, or 6-12 US, depending on the desired look.

Bust - 60 in. (152.4 cm)
Waist - 50 in. (127 cm)
Hip - 45 in. (114.3 cm)
Length - 53 in. (134.6 cm)
Shoulders - 19 in. (48.3 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.

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?

Cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer, contactless, Paypal