1970s Swiss Dot and Chantilly Lace Dropped Waist Dress

This dress is a great example of a 1970/1980s version of an early 1920s dress, with the classic drop waist design. The 1920s revival began in 1974 with the film The Great Gatsby and sparked a renaissance in this era's style.

The bodice element of the dress is comprised of a net Swiss dot tulle overlaid with a rectangular floral lace panel and smaller side panels. The sleeves are gathered at the shoulders. The laces are all different machine made types - possibly a Honington while the ruffles are an additional type of Alencon or Chantilly lace - the same as the overlaid bodice. There is a circular lace latticework collar. The dress is floor length and the torso of the dress is separated by a low level all-over lace frilled waistband. The dress at this point is gently gathered to create volume with an additional tiered ruffle hemline.

The dress is unlabelled and has clearly been made with care and attention by a good dressmaker or designer with an eye for earlier fashions. There is a lot of work involved and the construction has a very pleasing effect on the eye. It is in really excellent condition. There are no marks or holes and the lace looks crisp and fresh. For a modern look, these dresses are increasingly worn without undergarments but this dress was most likely made as bridalwear and would look sublime with a satin slip. This piece has some flexibility in the design, could easily be altered, and we recommend it for UK Size 8-10, US 4-6.

BUST - 34 in. (86.4 cm)
WAIST - 31.4 in. (79.8 cm)
HIP - 36 in. (91.4 cm)
LENGTH - 52 in. (132 cm)
SHOULDERS - 14 in. (35.6 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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