1980s Cotton Floral Camelia Print Striped Dress


This dress is unusual on two fronts. While researching another dress in our collection we were stricken by how much this dress emulates the Ra Ra designs that walked the catwalk for the Chanel Spring/Summer 1988 collection. It has an almost identical print, with roses in very striking primary colours against a striped monochrome background. The dress has a wide, elasticated scoop neck with elasticated cap sleeves and there is a very elongated black tight-knit ribbed torso that ends in a short circular skirt. The dress is labelled a size small and is made from 100% cotton, UK made. The design label is not present but this is clearly a High Street version of a runway trend, much like the many fast fashion chains that take inspiration from the runway in the modern era. We were excited to see an earlier piece replicating that same business model in the 80s. Given how inspired the dress is to the Chanel runway show of 1988, we have assumed that this was manufactured during the same year.

Google "Chanel Spring Summer Pret-a-Porter 1988 Floral Camelia Print Dress" to see how similar this piece is!

It's in really great vintage condition and looks barely worn with on issues. Although it's not a designer piece it's an interesting little bit of history and a great dress to boot. Due to the stretch, it will accommodate sizes up to a UK 8-10 or US 4-6. Our model is a UK 8-10 and 5ft 11in. (180cm) and this dress fit her well. 

Bust - 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Waist - 26 in. (66 cm)
Hip - 31 in. (78.7 cm)
Length - 33.5 in. (85.1 cm)
Shoulders - 18 in. (45.7 cm)

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.

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

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