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The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

The Best Vintage Party Dresses of 2014

The nights are getting darker, tears are being shed over the latest sentimental John Lewis Christmas ad and apparently the Coca Cola Truck is coming to our town soon. It can only mean one thing: it’s nearly party dress season! I love vintage party dresses, they are just so glorious! I’ve got a mixture of everything here from glamorous 50s gowns, to 60s shift dresses, 70s lurex maxi dresses, to 80s strapless glamour. My favourite is the 80s does 20s flapper dress, but I love every single one of these beauties. Which is your favourite?

1950s Red Tulle Party Dress

1950s Red Tulle Party Dress

A boned strapless bodice with one of the fullest skirts I have ever seen. Back metal zipper closure, and sequin decoration. You may want to get a strapless slip to wear under for the upmost comfort at whatever fabulous event you wear this dress to.  Read more

 

1960s Sheer Black Mini Dress Long Sleeves Party Dress

1960s Sheer Black Mini Dress Long Sleeves Party Dress

Well if this ain’t the belle of the ball, I don’t know what is! Fabulous vintage go-go meets formalwear 1960s mini dress with long sheer bell sleeves. High neck collar and empire waist with metallic silver ribbon trim. Super short, best fits a petite girl. Back zipper closure, fully lined inside. Read more

1960s Jonny Herbert Dress

1960s Jonny Herbert Dress

Vintage 1960s Jonny Herbert cocktail dress in black taffeta. Fitted bodice with a slightly dropped waist. Beautiful sculpted tulip skirt made of layers of taffeta with a short tulle layer underneath for added fullness. Taffeta bow with long streamers at the left hip. Under skirt is slim and fitted. V back. Metal zipper up the back. Taffeta flap that snaps with a hook and eye over the zipper at the back waist. Read more

Vintage Blue Taffeta Dress

Vintage Blue Taffeta Dress

This dress is made of crisp changeable taffeta in baby blue with a cornflower blue sash. It has a unique “Bubble” hem allowing it to be very full, or not, depending on how you like it. Read more

Vintage 70s Turquoise Metallic Lurex Halterneck Maxi Dress

Vintage 70s Turquoise Metallic Lurex Halterneck Maxi Dress

  • Fabulously 70s is this turquoise and gold lurex halterneck evening gown made in England by Bickler is a stretch mid weight fabric that glistens like gold in the light
  • Full floor length maxi dress
  • Fastens at the collar with hook and eye and zip up the back skirt
  • Backless
  • Full A-line shape

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1980s Pink Cotton Backless Dress with Bow

1980s Pink Cotton Backless Dress with Bow

Such a beautiful dress, made with a mid-weight ribbed cotton in a lovely soft pink color. Done in a classic ball gown silhouette, but with a super full tea length skirt and pockets. The dress is shown on the mannequin with one crinoline, most of the fullness comes from two layers of stiff tulle lining the skirt.  Read more

1970 Pink Maxi Dress

1970 Pink Maxi Dress

Vintage item from the 1970s Read more

1960s Cocktail Dress

Vintage 1960s Cocktail Dress

Sweet but grown up, this light and airy black chiffon party dress features a ruffled layer skirt, fitted bodice, and spaghetti straps. Full back zip and fully lined. Love the scoop neck with ruffles- so feminine! Read more

1960s Hot Pink Chiffon Maxi Formal Prom Dress

1960s Hot Pink Chiffon Maxi Formal Prom Dress

Vintage item from the 1960s Read more

Red Velvet Vintage Dress

Red Velvet Vintage Dress

Beautiful draped red vintage party dress Read more

1960s | Jean of California Pink Silk Dress

1960s Jean of California Pink Silk Dress

The perfect dress for all seasons! Absolutely gorgeous wiggle dress with pleated bust and waist. Read more

50's Larry Aldrich Black Sequin Tulle Full Skirt Evening Dress

50’s Larry Aldrich Black Sequin Tulle Full Skirt Evening Dress

Elegant 1950s evening dress from important mid-century designer, Larry Aldrich. Black sequins on top and full tulle skirt for a look worthy of a grand gala. Read more

1960s Vintage Larrabee New York ILGWU Cocktail Dress

1960s Vintage Larrabee New York Cocktail Dress

International Ladies Garment Workers Union label dates from 1963. This is a stunner from Larrabee of New York.  Both the top chiffon layer and the lining have a vivid tropical print in shades of jade, blue and fuschia. The petrol blue velvet high waist band forms a bow at the centre front. And just look at those tails.  Be a peacock! Read more

Vintage Late 1960s Golden Taffeta Cocktail Shift Dress

Vintage Late 1960s Golden Taffeta Cocktail Shift Dress

Lovely late 1960s early 1970s cocktail shift dress. Made from what looks and feel like taffeta-silk. Golden color. Pointed Peter Pan collar. Sleeveless. Neck and bust area have vertical stitching detailing. Princess darts. Plastic zipper and hook above from closure at back of dress. Fully lined. Read more

Vintage 80s Oleg Cassini Lace Beaded Dress

Vintage 80s Oleg Cassini Lace Beaded Dress

Measurements are taken in inches with the garment laying flat. Measurements are then doubled where appropriate. Double the armpit, waist, and hips. Read more

1950s Blue Floral Short Sleeve Chiffon Vintage Party Dress

1950s Blue Floral Short Sleeve Chiffon Vintage Party Dress

This is a stunning 1950s party dress, made with a beautiful blue floral chiffon. With lovely ruched sleeves, a classic shelf bust line, and an amazing full skirt this is a perfect dress for dancing all night! Excellent condition! Read more

Vintage Carole King Brocade Party Dress

Vintage Carole King Brocade Party Dress

Vintage 1950s party dress in bronzy golden floral brocade. Fitted sleeveless bodice with a faux lace up front that ties at the waist. Drop waist. Full pleated skirt with a built in tulle petticoat. Metal zipper up the back. Read more

1960s Vintage wine Velvet Cream Brocade Mini Dress

1960s Vintage wine Velvet Cream Brocade Mini Dress

*Perfect for a night on the town! *Rich Merlot velvet top and bow with cream brocade skirt *Fully lined *ZIps up the back *Excellent condition! Read more

1950 GREEN SEQUIN VINTAGE BALL GOWN

1950 Green Sequin Vintage Ball Gown

Designed in the 50’s, this magnificent vintage ball gown is done in a sea foam green tulle, which is encrusted in metallic and iridescent sea foam green sequins. The strapless boned bodice, fully encrusted in sequins, offers a sweetheart neckline and straight back. Read more

Red Lace Vintage Dress

Red Lace Vintage Dress

Beautiful red lace vintage party dress Read more

Vintage Black Fringe Flapper Dress

Vintage Black Fringe Flapper Dress

Black flapper-inspired dress with tiered fringe. Back zip and hook closure with Keyhole Peekaboo Back. Read more

Elizabeth Arden Lilac pleated chiffon cocktail dress

Elizabeth Arden Lilac pleated chiffon cocktail dress

This vintage dress is very similar to the Alexander McQueen full length dress, Kate Middleton wore to the Bafta Dinner in LA. It’s a true romantic floaty dress and it will make you feel like a princess, it is so pretty. Read more

40s lavender blue evening dress in metallic satin damask

40s lavender blue evening dress in metallic satin damask

Late 1930s or very early 1940s evening dress, in a gorgeous lavender blue satin damask. Read more

80s black silk Victor Costa ball gown with ruched bodice

80s black silk Victor Costa ball gown with ruched bodice

1980s full length evening dress in black silk by Victor Costa. Simple and stunning ball gown, a modern twist on a timeless classic shape by a well known designer. Read more

1980s VIntage Victor Costa White Black Formal Sculpted Gown

1980s Vintage Victor Costa White Black Formal Sculpted Gown

*Stunning top that is ruched from top to bottom *Peplum to the max *Boning *Zips up the back Read more

Vintage Polka meets Stripes dress

Vintage Polka meets Stripes dress

Vintage item from the 1970s Read more

Vintage 1960s Turquoise Shift Dress

Vintage 1960s Turquoise Shift Dress

Lovely 1960s turquoise shift dress. Custom made as a second dress for a bride and worn only once. Sleeveles. Closed neckline with beautiful pearl like beading details (front and back). Stiching detailing at bust area. Princess darts. Decorative pockets at front. Plastic zipper and hook for closure at back. Fully lined with white nylon. Made from cotton.  Read more

70s vintage California party dress

70s vintage California party dress

Super shiny floaty printed crystal organza over a plain lining. Keyhole back with self ball button fastening at the neck and waist. Centre back zip. California label from 1960s, possibly early 70s. Fabulous flower power gown. Read more

Vivien of Holloway Halterneck Circle Dress Luxury Red Satin Fan Lace

Vivien of Holloway Halterneck Circle Dress Luxury Red Satin Fan Lace

Red satin halterneck circle dress with black lace overlay. Read more

1960s Pink Lace Short Sleeve Vintage Wiggle Dress

1960s Pink Lace Short Sleeve Vintage Wiggle Dress

This is the sweetest little dress! A classic wiggle silhouette with layers of scalloped pink lace and a lovely satin waistband. Perfect for a spring or summer wedding! Excellent condition! Read more

60s Black Gold Silver Metallic Lace Cocktail Dress

60s Black Gold Silver Metallic Lace Cocktail Dress

The little black dress kicked up a notch with the addition of shimmery gold and silver accents. Early 60s chic, this little number will be your go to outfit for years to come! Read more

1950 WATERCOLOR VINTAGE PARTY DRESS

1950 Watercolor Vintage Party Dress

Designed in the 50’s, by A Five-Thirty PM Fashion, this gorgeous vintage party dress is as pretty as a work of art! It is made of a beautiful moss colored abstract floral print on a lilac pink chiffon, which if fully lined.  Read more

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Vintage 1970s Purple and Silver Embroidered Dress

Vintage 1970s Purple and Silver Embroidered Dress

Pretty knee-length dress in a deep rich purple. Short sleeves. Round neckline that plunges into a v-neck (see pictures). Lovely silver embroidery around neckline that almost ends at waistline. Purple plastic zipper and hook on top for closure the back. Read more

60's Red Silk Chiffon Full Skirt Party Dress

60’s Red Silk Chiffon Full Skirt Party Dress

The classiest holiday party dress from the early 60s in red silk chiffon by Elliette Ellis, a California designer best known for her feminine chiffon fashions. Read more

Exotic Flowers Botanical Print Dress

Exotic Flowers Botanical Print Dress

Features a bold print of exotic flowers including lilies and orchids in blues, reds, greens and yellow against a black backdrop to give extra drama. More info

Carnegie of London 1960's Vintage Cocktail Dress

Carnegie of London 1960’s Vintage Cocktail Dress

Mad Men style cocktail dress in jewel effect gold brocade and black crepe. A stunning cocktail dress with gold brocade, short sleeve mock collarless jacket edged in black crepe which closes at the back with large self fabric buttons, underneath which is the dress lining and back zipper closure. Fully lined throughout. Read more

Vintage Jean Allen Dress

Vintage Jean Allen Dress

This fuchsia pink strapless dress has a deep v neckline, fitted bodice and gathered skirt, which is given extra oomph courtesy of its partial net underskirt. A lovely accent bow finishes this glamorous gown off with a flourish at the back waist. Read more

1950s Teal Blue Taffeta Dress With Accent Bow

1950s Teal Blue Taffeta Dress With Accent Bow

Very lovely late 1950s / early 1960s party dress in a rich iridescent teal blue taffeta. Read more

Vintage 1940s Evening Gown Gold Sequin Dress Crepe Draped 40s Dress Chartreuse

Vintage 1940s Evening Gown Gold Sequin Dress in Chartreuse

Breathtaking & rare vintage 1940s evening ball gown dress. Made from yellow crepe fabric with allover fabulous gold sequins at the chest. Draped skirt with faux sash built in at the waist.   Read more

1970s Grecian Pleated Flutter Maxi Dress with Capelet by Gene's

1970s Grecian Pleated Flutter Maxi Dress with Capelet by Gene’s

Vintage item from the 1970s.  Read more

50s sapphire blue oriental brocade slim cocktail dress

1950s Sapphire Blue Oriental Brocade Cocktail Dress

1950s slim fitting ‘wiggle’ dress in a sapphire blue Oriental brocade. Elegant, classy and feminine, perfect for the party season. Wear with flowers in your hair!   Read more

Vintage 1970s Black Dress Grecian Disco

Vintage 1970s Black Dress Grecian Disco Dress

This is a dress in which to be NOTICED. Black. Sleek. Fantastic drape. A great maternity dress too!   Read more

VINTAGE METALLIC DRESS

Vintage 80s Metallic Disco Dress

Sexy metallic bronze goddess dress featuring a black zig-zag print. Read more

Patra Red Party Dress with Sunburst Sparkles

Vintage Patra Red Party Dress with Sunburst Sparkles

Red Hot scoop neck shift dress with sparkles. If this dress doesn’t scream PARTY, I don’t know what does. Read more

Vintage Designer Evening Dress by David Butler, Chartriver Ltd

Vintage Designer Evening Dress by David Butler, Chartriver Ltd

Gorgeous vintage designer halter neck evening dress by David Butler,Chartriver Ltd. Classic 1980’s styling the dress has a tuxedo style slightly ribbed vibrant pink collar with five matching decorative buttons (which do not open) that stop at the knee allowing the dress to split open. Read more

1950's Coral Tea Length Party Dress,

1950’s Coral Tea Length Party Dress

Vintage Tea Length 1950’s Coral Dress with sweetheart neckline, fitted waist, tulle netting ruffle on the top skirt layer and a tulle layer underneath. Bias cut skirt, side metal zipper. Read more

Fashion 1950s Vintage Prom Dress

1950s Vintage Prom Dress

Late 1940s to 1950s Vintage Blue Chiffon Dotted Swiss and Pink Satin Prom Dress or Semi Formal.    Read more

Vintage 1950s Blue Velvet Party Dress Bubble Crinoline

Vintage 1950s Blue Velvet Party Dress Bubble Crinoline

Such a terribly SWEET dress. Very “can can” with the full, bubble skirt and black satin bow hiking it up just a bit.    Read more

Nothing for you here? See my other vintage fashion collections here.

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6 thoughts on “The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

  1. hurdyburdy vintage

    Thanks for featuring my party dresses in this beautiful collection Mary.
    So many stunning dresses, so little time!

    Reply
  2. R.Hipps

    Thank you so much for featuring my 1950s Dotted Swiss Prom Dress. Your collection is excellent! I was honored to be included. Thank you again.

    Reply

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