ARCHIVE: 1990s Embroidered Orange & Turquoise Silk Couture Dress and Bag

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This sensational 1990s embroidered silk chiffon couture set is comprised of a dress and clutch bag in matching fabric. The fabric is a vibrant tangerine which has been tie dyed to create a textured effect in a slightly lighter shade. It has then been printed with a silver blue metallic coral design which is further defined by turquoise embroidery in places. The dress is sleeveless with a V neckline both front and reverse and a flowing mid calf length skirt. The bodice features an empire waistline at diagonals with a pretty ruffle trim. There is a an appliqué floral corsage at the centre bust and additional appliqué flowers and bows adorn the shoulders on the reverse of the dress. There is a central zip fastening at the back and it is fully lined in silk jersey in matching tangerine. The bag is a simple rectangular clutch design with a chiffon ruffle embellishment along the edge of the front closing flap, which secures on the underside with popper fastenings. It is beautifully overlain in chiffon fabric to match the dress and lined on deep orange silk. An altogether exquisite ensemble of exceptional couture quality and although the designer is unknown, this was a bespoke design for a well known European socialite and is likely to have been made in France or Italy. It has an opulent and exotic aesthetic and would be the perfect outfit for a summer wedding or a premier race event. Would fit up to a US size 6, UK size 10. Excellent vintage condition with no issues.



LENGTH - 44"

BUST- 36"

WAIST - 28"

HIP - 38"


LENGTH - 8.3"

WIDTH - 6.5"

DEPTH - 2.3"



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?

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