1990s Lilac Butterfly Bespoke Embellished Chiffon Maxi Dress


This fairy-tale 1990s gown is bespoke crafted from frothy, pleated violet silk chiffon. Embellished with violet and silver appliquéd lace and iridescent jewels, the floor-sweeping skirt is fully lined in off-white chiffon silk. The bust is lined with ruffled violet satin that peeps above the bustline. Coordinating embellished straps meet at the back and are secured by a pretty butterfly brooch detailed with rhinestones. The low-back is also trimmed with ruffled satin and is secured with a hidden pale-blue zip, hook-and-eye clasps and large poppers. Another butterfly brooch sits at the centre of the back. A padded cream corset lines the top of the gown, complete with intricate boning and elastic strap under the bust to secure it. The dress is accompanied by a full length shawl in matching violet chiffon.

A genuine one of a kind dress; this belonged to a lady who was a fabulously wealthy heiress and had all her clothes made for her. No expense was spared making this entirely handmade ensemble, undoubtedly designed for a grand special occasion and looks to have been worn once. In wonderful vintage condition; we noted a few tan marks on the straps at the rear on the underside so not seen when worn. The butterfly ornament in the centre has lost an antenna and has a slightly misshapen wing but in our opinion does not need replacing as its so minor. Due to being bespoke made, this piece doesn't have a composition or size label so please check the measurements below. Best suited for up to a small size UK 10 or US 6; our model (5ft 11in/180cm) is a UK 8-10 and this fit her well.


BUST - 32 in. (81 cm)

WAIST - 28 in. (71 cm)

HIP - 44 in. (112 cm)

LENGTH - 59 in. (150 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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