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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Black Cocktail Dress with Cap Sleaves
A chic vintage cocktail dress with a layered skirt and cap sleaves. The dress opens with fabric covered buttons at the front , and has an attractive stitched collar.
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1980s Ted Lapidus Black Crepe Cocktail Dress w/ 1940s-Inspired Style
By Ted Lapidus
Located in San Francisco, CA
A gorgeous 1980s Ted Lapidus black rayon crepe cocktail dress with 1940s-inspired silhouette and draping details.
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Vintage Black Velvet Cocktail Dress with Collar + 3/4 Cropped Sleeves
Flattering vintage 1940s cocktail dress in black velvet with a draped collar and 3/4 length sleeves. Unlined with side metal zip closure. Fits like a modern size small. The bust meas...
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1940s Multicolor Floral Print Rayon Dress
Vintage 40s Multi color floral print in pink, orange, white and green) silk crepe dress. Fit size: Small / 2 or 4 B: 34” / W: 26”/ H: 34” / Dress Length: 42"
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Beautiful 1940s Black Sequin Crepe Vintage 40s Cocktail Dress
Beautiful 1940s black crepe sequined cocktail dress! Features hundreds of hand-sewn black sequins on the entire front bodice. Free flowy skirt is both flattering and comfortable. Met...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Don Loper Black Cocktail Dress, Circa 1940
By Don Loper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a vintage black cocktail dress by Don Loper, from the 1940's. The dress has gathering detail down the side seam, a fitted waist, hooks at the top shoulder, and a zipper at th...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Blue and Purple Floral Print Rayon Dress
Vintage Blue and Purple Floral Print Rayon Cocktail Dress with purple sequins. Dress has side zipper and belt with buttons at the back. ( there is a slight yellowing on the button) ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

A Vintage 1940s Jeanne Paquin Sequin black Cocktail Dress
By Jeanne Paquin
Located in London, GB
A chic cocktail dress by French designer Jeanne Paquin. The dress is made of a wool crepe with black sequins sewn on in a squiggle pattern . It has a v neckline with shape at the sho...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1940s Dress
A chic dress with pockets from the 1940s. The dress has a v neckline with decorative buttons, and gathering on the shoulders. It has short sleaves, a side zip opening and two pocket...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Ceil Chapman (Attributed) Vintage Black Cocktail Dress, 1940
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a vintage black cocktail dress by Ceil Chapman, from the 1940's. It has ruching detail all over, a scoop neckline, and a zipper up the back. Measures: Length: 47" Bu...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Klafter & Sobel Navy Rayon Floral Crepe Dress with Corsage
A Klafter and Sobel navy rayon floral crepe dress from the 1940s with matching waist tie. This dress is versatile as it can be dressed up or down for both evening and day. The pretty...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Dorthy O'Hara Vintage Black Cocktail Dress, Circa 1940
This is a vintage black cocktail dress by Dorthy O'Hara, from the 1940's. The dress has 3/4 length sleeve, scoop neckline, and a zipper up the back. Measures: Length: 43 1/2" ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Martha Gale Brown Velvet Flower Embroidered Pocket Vintage 40s Dress
Rare 1940s MARTHA GALE chocolate brown velvet dress! Features soft brown velvet, with a pocket on the right side hip with hand embroidered bright flowers. Keyhole detail above the bu...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Incredible 1940s Nylon Jersey Swing Dress In A Spectacular Chartreuse and Floral
An incredible 1940s iconic swing style dress with uber 1940s styling details: square-cut neckline that begs for some coordinating dress clips, high structured shoulder pads for that ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Surrealist Gold Printed Satin Dress Circa 1940
Circa 1940 Europe Amazing little summer dress with flowers on a gold background dating very propably from the Second World War. Clever print on silk satin cream with surreal pattern...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

  • Surrealist Gold Printed Satin Dress Circa 1940
  • Surrealist Gold Printed Satin Dress Circa 1940
  • Surrealist Gold Printed Satin Dress Circa 1940
  • Surrealist Gold Printed Satin Dress Circa 1940
Size: Equivalent size 36 frensh
1940s Eisenberg and Sons Gold Floral Print Silk Crepe Dress w/ Original Buttons
By Eisenberg
Located in San Francisco, CA
A fantastic and hard-to-find iconic 1940s Eisenberg and Sons gold and white floral print lightweight silk crepe dress: fitted shoulders with blouson bodice and sleeves with gathered ...
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COUTURE c.1940's Black Floral Chantilly Lace Illusion Top Cocktail Dress
Vintage Couture c.1940's black floral chantilly lace illusion top cocktail dress. Black large floral chantilly lace illusion top. Queen anne neckline with brown tulle at edge. Short ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Adrian Magenta and Black Print Dress w Front Slit Diamond Inset and Gather
By Adrian
Located in San Francisco, CA
A stunning 1940s original Adrian design! A magenta and black "heraldry" paneled print crepe dress with sexy right side front slit and diamond shaped inset panel at abdomen, surround...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

John Galliano Christian Dior Size 10 Leopard Cheetah 1940s Style Silk Dress
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful JOHN GALLIANO for CHRISTIAN DIOR leopard print 40s style silk dress! Classic animal print on a luxurious silk that flows with the body like fluid!Chic ties at each exterior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Dresses

1940s Silver Metal Lame Halter Dress w/ Sarong Draping
1940s Silver metal lame halter cocktail dress with sarong-style draped overlay at the side. Side zipper. Beautifully sculpted bodice construction
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1940s Fred A. Block Navy Crepe Dress with Crochet Neckline and Full Skirt
A wonderful, demure Fred A. Block 1940s navy blue crepe dress with illusion neckline covered in crochet yolk and shirred skirt panel overlays.
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Black Crepe and Sequin Cocktail Skirt and Blouse Set
We LOVE this 1940s black silk skirt and blouse ensemble. The blouse is incredible; composed of slinky black silk, the blouse fits comfortably on the wearer. The structured shoulders ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Orchid Print Rayon Crepe Dress W/ Dramatic Orchid Corsage
1940s Orchid print rayon crepe dress: Large-scale orchid print makes this fabulous V-neck dinner dress really pop! Long sleeves and a sarong-style pleated and gathered panel at sid...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Black Crepe Sheath Dress with Multi Color Sequins
By Eisenberg
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless and chic 1940s Eisenberg black crepe sheath dress featuring red, green, pink and purple floral sequins trough out. Both front and back neckline has key hole opening. Side me...
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1940s Vintage B. Altman & Co. Denim Chambray Dress w/ Horse Buttons
By B. Altman & Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Incredible 1940s B. Altman & Co. Cotton Denim/Chambray dress, with horse buttons up bodice, and at sleeve cuffs! Beautiful lightweight fabric, with a flattering neckline, and full sk...
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Beautiful 1940s Vintage Royal Blue Silk Velvet Dress w/ Lace & Rhinestones
A true beauty! This 1940s silk velvet dress features so much detail! Lace covered pocket at waist, encrusted with rhinestones. Shawl-like collar, with a matching adjustable belt. Bea...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Black Crepe Long Sleeve Chic Asymmetrical Peplum Vintage 40s Dress
Chic 1940s black crepe long sleeve vintage 40s asymmetrical peplum dress! The perfect little black dress that exudes class and style. Flattering side peplum detail, with ruffle at wa...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Dorothy O'hara Black Rayon Dress w/ Tuck Point Design, c 1940s
By Dorothy O'Hara
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a lovely vintage black rayon crepe dress by designer Dorothy O'Hara. It is knee length, with 3/4 sleeves and a great tuck pint design on the bodice, which gathers at the wais...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Rare 1940s Novelty Asian Print Avant Garde Silk Strong Shoulder Vintage Dress
Rare vintage mid 40s novelty Asian print strong shoulder silk dress! Features a warm marigold yellow color. Prints in red, green, blue, orange and ivory throughout. Metal zipper at t...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

40s Hibiscus Print Cocktail Dress w/ Tulle Swag and Capelet
A gorgeous, vampy, sexy 1940s cocktail dress of rayon or silk crepe and tulle. Large fuchsia hibiscus print gathered into a rouched bodice. Silk tulle is gathered and radiates from...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Large Size Black Silk Crepe Drop Waist Sequin Illusion Vintage 40s Dress
Beautiful couture quality 1940s larger size black silk crepe sequined drop waist short sleeve dress! Features black sequins at the neck in the shapes of bows. Sheer black panel above...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Late 1940s Fred A. Block Black Crepe Shirtwaist Dress w Pale Blue Beaded Insets
A beautiful late 1940s Fred A. Block Original black rayon crepe shirtwaist-style cocktail dress with fitted waist (belt missing) and covered buttons down front to hip. Skirt is plea...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Large Size 1940s Silver Grey and Black Silk + Velvet Flower 40s Vintage Dress
Beautiful 1940s silver and black silk and velvet dress! Little flowers printed throughout. Fitted bodice, with a forgiving full skirt. Black silk velvet portrait collar, with 13 blac...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Iconic Adrian Original Cubist-Inspired Dress in Green Gray and Black Drape
By Adrian
Located in San Francisco, CA
Here's your chance to own a piece of classic Hollywood design! An iconic 1940s Adrian Original dress: The man who made Joan Crawford's shoulders famous designed this stunning silk ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940’s Monica Black Dress With Cream Guipure Lace Underlay
This beautiful vintage 1940s black organza dress features a unique guipure lace under layer in soft cream which is visible beneath the sheer fabric of the skirt, a pretty sweetheart ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Dorothy O'Hara 40s Crepe Cocktail Dress w/ Chartreuse Feather
By Dorothy O'Hara
Located in San Francisco, CA
A wonderful 1940s Dorothy O'Hara original black crepe cocktail dress with quintessential 40s front hip drape and sheer organza shoulders and back with incredible dramatic chartreuse ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Gorgeous Vintage Neiman Marcus 1940s Style Classic Black Dress w/ Rhinestones
By Neiman Marcus
Located in Chicago, IL
The BEST little black dress...EVER!!! This vintage Neiman Marcus beauty will surely get you through many emergency dress situations! Fitted bodice, with flutter sleeves, and gatherin...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

1940's IRENE LENTZ black dress with blouson silk chiffon overlay
By Irene Lentz
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare black film noir dress with billowy silk chiffon overlay designed by Irene Lentz dating to the late 1940's. Fabulous cut including a corset with peaks at sides, billowy bish...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Late 1940's Adele Simpson Cherry Red & Blue Satin Party Dress
By Adele Simpson
Located in Atlanta, GA
This early Adele Simpson design is the epitome of a fun party dress. The cherry red satin fabric is accented with navy blue flowers and provides the right amount of stiff structure ...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940's Brush Stoke Print Floral Rayon Dress With Asymmetrical Peplum Skirt
1940's Brush Stoke Print Floral Rayon Dress With Asymmetrical Peplum Skirt
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Traina-Norell Black Satin Cocktail Dress,Drop Waist & Full Skirt xs
By I. Magnin, Traina-Norell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a wonderful vintage dress from designers Traina-Norell. It is made of a heavy black satin and has a fitted bodice, drop waist and very full skirt. There is a button front clo...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1940s Studded Two Piece Suit
1940s Studded Two Piece Suit Fantastic two piece ensemble with studded, belted top half and shoulder pads. Wonderful piece, straight of the golden age of Film Noir. B 36 W 24...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

F/W 1995 Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Black Ruched Wiggle 1940's Style Pin-Up Dress 44
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 1995 Dolce & Gabbana Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Acetate- Nylon- Spandex COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: 44- ru...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

40s Heavily Studded Crepe Dress
A gorgeous 40s crepe dress in black, heavily studded with silver nail head studs, arranged to emphasize the waist in a great larger size! Zipper at back of neck and side. Size 8-12
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Black Crepe Dress with Sequin Detail
A black crepe dress with sequin trim by Schroder Wulf. This dress is sleavless with a round neckline, a bow at waist leval and asymetric layers . It is fully lined.
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

40s Black Crepe A-Line Dress w/ Lace Collar Detail
40s Black Crepe A-Line Dress w/ Lace Collar Detail. Front button and metal zipper closure. Lace neckline detail over nude mesh. Dress in photo worn over petticoat for additional supp...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Elizabeth Mason Couture Strapless Dress w/ Bolero Jacket
By Elizabeth Mason Couture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a "One Of A Kind" cocktail dress with matchin bolero jacket from Elizabeth Mason Couture. This dress is custom made from a 1940's dress kit/pattern, using a heavier weight ta...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Dorothy O'Hara Vintage Black Lace Cocktail Dress, 1940s
By Dorothy O'Hara
Located in Sparks, NV
Extremely rare vintage 1940s Dorothy O'Hara cocktail dress in unworn condition with the original tags still attached! Nude illusion lace bustline and draped front. Details: Par...
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1940s Evening Dresses and Gowns

40s Black Crepe Halter Evening Gown with Green Sequined Embellishment on Bodice
40s Black Crepe Halter Evening Gown with Green Sequined Embellishment on Bodice. Peplum. Metal zipper up the side. Front dancing slit: 13 1/2 inches
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