ARCHIVE - 1980s Valentino Silk Crepe Demi Couture Red Polka Dot Dress with Bow

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This sensational 1980s silk crepe red and white polka dot demi-couture dress is by extolled Italian designer Valentino and has superb construction with some beautifully detailed design features. The fabric is assembled into triangulated panels which tesselate along a zig zag seam for the length of the dress both front and reverse to create a diagonal drop waistband with flapper style bow embellishments either side. There is a straight knee length skirt with a side split and 2 x layered frills which culminate at a point to the left of the hem. The elaborate tailoring continues on the bodice which has a V neckline and a cupped seam below the bust with a central bow detail. The long sleeves are gathered at the shoulders and taper at the wrists with popper fastenings to secure. The dress is lined in red silk throughout and has a central zip fastening at the reverse. This flamboyant piece is in excellent vintage condition, I found just one slight pull on the front close to a seam which does not detract from the dress. Much of the construction has been done by hand and with this piece in Valentino signature red, you are guaranteed to turn heads. Would best suit a US size 2-4, UK size 6-8.

Sleeve Length - 62.2cms / 24.5"
Across Back Measurement - 33.5cms / 13.2"
BUST - 32 in. (81.28 cm)
WAIST - 26 in. (66.04 cm)
HIP - 33 in. (83.82 cm)
LENGTH - 39 in. (99.06 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.

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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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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.

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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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Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

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