ARCHIVE: Y2K La Perla Cream Silk Floral Bodice and Skirt Set

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Cream, turquoise and green floral print bodice and skirt set from heritage Italian powerhouse La Perla, best known for their ultra-luxe lingerie and lounge wear since the 1950s. During the early 2000s, La Perla also produced fashion collections and occasion wear and this ensemble dates from around 2003 to 2005. It is brand new with tags, purchased for a society wedding but never worn.

The top is a fitted bodice, made to look like a corset with a laced front. This is more for decoration than anything else, but it does give the illusion of a bodice and can be micro adjusted for a tighter or looser fit. The straps are wide and almost to the point of becoming little arm capelets but they're most definitely shoulder straps. The piece is accessed with an invisible side zip and at the back there are two crepe silk smock panels to assist with the fit given that the item cannot be adjusted with the decorative corset laces. Although the bodice is not lined, it has fully moulded bra cups that cannot be seen from the outside to give the best fit.

The skirt is a simpler affair and is a panelled, bias cut design with a thigh slit on the left-hand side. There is a waistband at the back to ensure a sleek fit. The skirt is not lined and fastens to the side with a zip.

The full look is in unused condition, with no faults of any note and was a very costly item new. Both pieces are tagged Italian size 44 which roughly equates to a size UK 12 or US size 8. We think this is reasonably true to size but can fit sizes smaller. We know that the straps have been shortened at the back and to some degree this could be reversed if needed.


Bust - 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Waist - 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Length - 20.5 in. (52 cm)
Shoulders - 17.5 in. (44.5 cm)

Waist - 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Hip - 38 in. (96.5 cm)
Length - 27.5 in. (69.8 cm)


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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