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Vintage 1950's Peggy Hunt Baby-Blue Linen Applique Illusion Hourglass Dress
By Peggy Hunt
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An amazing and highly stylized 1950's cocktail dress by the famous American designer Peggy Hunt. Starting in the 1930's through the early 1960's, she was immensely successful with he...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950's Oleg Cassini Red Linen and Polka-Dot Silk Cut Out Hourglass Dress
By Oleg Cassini
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous Oleg Cassini ruby-red linen cocktail dating back to the late 1950's. Oleg Cassini was a French-born American fashion designer who dressed numerous stars, creating some of th...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950's Beaded Grapevine Motif Hand-Knit Sequin Wool Hourglass Dress
By Saks Fifth Avenue
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This is an incredible late 1950's Saks Fifth Avenue hand-knit ivory cocktail that is completely covered in iridescent sequins & sparkling beadwork. The textured stretch knit has a wa...
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1950s Wedding Dresses

Vintage 1950's Gene Shelly Sequin Beaded Floral Turquoise Knit Hourglass Dress
By Gene Shelly
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Mid-century Gene Shelly designer garments are in a class of their own. They are always fully-beaded by hand and fit to flatter the figure. This late 1950's treasure is fashioned in t...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1998 Gianni Versace Couture Documented Gold Metal Mesh Hourglass Dress
By Versace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The first Versace boutique was opened in 1978 and its popularity was immediate. Today, Versace is one of the world's leading international fashion houses. Gianni Versace redefined fa...
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1990s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1960's Gene Shelly Silver Sequin Beaded Wool Knit Hourglass Dress
By Gene Shelly Boutique Internationale, Gene Shelly
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Mid-century Gene Shelly designer garments are in a class of their own. They are always fully-sequined by hand and fit to flatter the figure. This early 1960's treasure has a fantasti...
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1960s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Black Dolce & Gabbana Hourglass Boned Corset Lace Up Dress
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Switzerland, CH
Timeless black dress by Dolce & Gabbana Stunning corset part with lace up detail in front and on sides Corset fully boned, can be adjusted in front and on sides for a perfect fit Lac...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

1990's Thierry Mugler Black Velvet Hourglass Shape Wrap Dress
By Thierry Mugler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1990's Thierry Mugler black velvet wrap dress with hook and eye closure. Soft ruched detailing at the waist and hip that emphasizes Mugler's classic hourglass shape. Slight flare at ...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Fendi Black Silk Mesh Tiered Hourglass Fur Floral Applique Maxi Dress
By Fendi
Located in Boca Raton, FL
In 2016 Fendi began a series of collections inspired by the beauty and romanticism of gardens and flora. These collections told a unique, fanciful narrative that showcased a softer a...
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2010s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Hourglass Blue Beaded Vintage Halter Dress With Rhinestones by Robert Morton
Located in Portland, OR
This is a fabulous mid century Robert Morton for Tiara vintage dress in a gorgeous Caribbean blue with an incredible beaded halter style collar with rhinestones. This hourglass wigg...
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Mid-20th Century Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 1950's Custom Couture Beaded Jeweled Ivory Silk Hourglass Back-Bow Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
In this gorgeous 1950's ivory creme silk-faille gown, the detailed construction and meticulous attention to detail are comparable to what you will find in modern couture. This captiv...
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1950s Wedding Dresses

1950S JEAN DESSES Style Lipstick Red Hand Beaded Silk Faille Hourglass Bombshel
Located in New York, NY
No label in this dress and it looks as though the original lining was removed. The same exact dress is in the Met 1950S JEAN DESSES Style Lipstick Red Hand Beaded Silk Faille Hourgla...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950's French Couture Ivory Satin Ruched Strapless Hourglass Bridal Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
In this gorgeous French mid-century gown, the detailed construction and meticulous attention to detail are comparable to what you will find in modern day haute couture. From the skil...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1955 Pedro Rodriguez Couture Pink Beaded Silk Hourglass Trained Gown
By Pedro Rodriguez
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Pedro Rodriguez was the Spain's foremost fashion house, right there along with Cristobal Balenciaga. Rodriguez never went for the full global market, but rather he focused on providi...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1950's Ceil Chapman Watercolor Floral Silk Ruched Plunge Hourglass Gown
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An alluring Ceil Chapman designer gown in the most stunning watercolor floral print silk. I adore the thin-strap sweetheart, petal bust plunge bodice. The unique gathering gives the ...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1930's Cobalt Blue Stripe Metallic Lamé Silk Bias-Cut Hourglass Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A luxurious cobalt-blue shimmer lamé evening dress from the "Old Hollywood" era of glamour. The bodice has a seductive sculpted plunge and low-backside. The gorgeous deco stripe patt...
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1930s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1990 Bob Mackie Red Grapevines Beaded Silk Strapless Hourglass Slit Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Iconic Bob Mackie hourglass show-stopper dating back to 1990 when he created a collection dedicated to the Napa Valley region. A gown from the same collection was used for Sharon Sto...
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1990s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1955 Yma Sumac Metallic Beaded Pink Ruched Silk Hourglass Couture Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Yma Sumac (1922–2008) was a noted Peruvian soprano and the original Queen of Exotica. Her International fame began in the early 1950's. She was one of the most famous proponents of e...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1950's Hand-Painted Floral Ivory Silk Skirted Hourglass Backless Gown
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
In this gorgeous 1950's hand-painted colorful floral gown, the detailed construction and meticulous attention to detail are comparable to what you will find in modern couture. This c...
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1950s Vintage Bridal Gowns

Vintage 1950's Ceil Chapman Black & Pink Lace Strapless Peplum Hourglass Gown
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This is such a seductive and dramatic evening gown from the iconic "Ceil Chapman" designer label. Perfect for any upcoming event; you can't help but feel feminine in this beauty! The...
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1950s Evening Gowns

Vintage 1948 Paquin Couture Watercolor Floral Print Silk Hourglass Trained Gown
By Antonio del Castillo, Jeanne Paquin
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A breathtaking watercolor floral-garden silk Paquin demi-couture gown dating back to 1948. The House of Paquin was opened on the rue de la Paix in 1890 by Jeanne Paquin. The establis...
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1940s Evening Gowns

1940's Adrian Original Black Rayon Cut-Out Hourglass Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Spectacular mid 1940's femme-fatale cocktail dress by the famous Gilbert Adrian. He created the signature looks for the great Hollywood divas such as Garbo, Shearer, Crawford, Garlan...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1990's Chanel Black Cotton Double-Breasted Military Belted Hourglass Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking black cotton cocktail is a perfect example of why this couture brand has s...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1970s Estévez Color Block Hourglass Dress
By Estevez
Located in Houston, TX
1970s Estévez Colorblock Hourglass Dress Gorgeous 1970’s chocolate brown and white colorblock floor length dress by Luis Estévez. This long sleeve, knitwear dress strikes a careful ...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Versace Hourglass Dress With Lace Sides
By Versace
Located in Watermill, NY
An incredible black knit dress by Versace. It has an hourglass panel in the front and back joined by side panels of lace from top to bottom including the sleeves. It is unlined and...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1950's Jean Desses Haute-Couture Black Wool Sculpted Hourglass Dress Ensemble
By Jean Dessès
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Jean Desses couture garments are rare, unique and highly collectible. Jean Desses is one of the most important designers of the 20th century and was a designated Haute Couture house ...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Chez Royal Designer Royal-Blue Beaded Sequin Knit Hourglass Dress & Scarf
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1950's "Chez Royale" designer garments are in a class of their own! They are always fully-sequined by hand and fit to flatter the figure. This treasure has a fantastic deco-diamond p...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1970's Giorgio Sant' Angelo Black Jersey Rhinestone Bell-Sleeve Hourglass Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Beautiful and seductive Giorgio Sant'Angelo "little black dress" from his 1974 collection. He first hit the fashion scene when Diana Vreeland asked him to design clothing for a deser...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1950's Philip Hulitar Emerald Green Satin Ruched Hourglass Dress Gown
By Philip Hulitar
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This is such a seductive and dramatic evening gown from the rare Philip Hulitar Old Hollywood designer label. Perfect for any upcoming event; you can't help but feel feminine in this...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

1970's Geoffrey Beene Black Wool Belted Hourglass Maxi Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A chic and timeless garment that takes the "little black dress" concept to a whole new level! Geoffrey Beene made strong impressions with his courteous manner as well as his highly o...
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1970s Maxi Dresses

1990 Thierry Mugler Couture Documented Rainbow Bodycon Cut-Out Hourglass Dress
By Thierry Mugler
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Iconic 1990 Theirry Mugler Couture documented rainbow swirl dress in the most flattering body-con shape! This legendary French fashion designer is known for bold fashion and edgy, so...
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1990s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

1990's Herve Leger Couture Ruby-Red Bandage Sheer Illusion Hourglass Dress‏
By Herve Léger
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Seductive Herve Leger Couture bandage dress is the most gorgeous ruby-red color! At the early age of 23, Karl Lagerfeld recognized Herve Leger's talent and took him under his trainin...
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1990s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Don Loper Vintage 1950s Floral Print Hourglass Wiggle Dress
By Don Loper
Located in Sparks, NV
Vibrant screen printed wiggle dress by Don Loper from the 1950s in shades of mustard and blood orange. Love the 50s hourglass silhouette and tiny nipped waist! DETAILS: Fully lin...
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1950s Sheath Dresses

1950's Ceil Chapman Red-Roses Velvet Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Alluring Ceil Chapman cocktail dress in the most stunning watercolor red-roses floral metallic silk-velvet! I adore the low-cut plunge, heavily-gathered sleeveless bodice. This uniqu...
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1950s Wedding Dresses

1990's Chanel Black Strapless Sailor-Style Hourglass Mini Dress
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking black textured-cotton sundress is a perfect example of why this couture br...
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1990s Mini Dresses

1970's Bill Blass Floral Print Silk-Organza Ruffle Halter Hourglass Dress Gown
By Bill Blass
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Building upon the innovations of European designers such as Coco Chanel, Blass made clothes that allowed women a modern sense of ease. He made glamorous garments that possessed a new...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

1950's Pauline Trigere Plaid Taupe Silk Hourglass Cocktail Dress & Bolero
By Pauline Trigère
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
During the 1950's and 1960's, Pauline Trigère's name was part of the glamorous excess in Hollywood fashion. Her exquisite tailoring and feminine-fitting clothing were highly desired...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Ceil Chapman Beaded Ivory-Creme Satin Hourglass Cocktail Wiggle Dress
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Alluring Ceil Chapman cocktail dress in the most ethereal ivory-creme color! I adore the low-cut plunge bodice which sides compliment the pointed middle-deep detail. The unique penci...
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1950s Wedding Dresses

1990's Azzedine Alaia Chocolate-Brown Bodycon Hourglass Knit Wiggle Dress
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
In the 1980's when most of the fashion world was embracing sharp shouldered power dressing and baggy androgyny, Alaïa introduced the world to the 'body' and to his own skin tight dre...
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1990s Aesthetic Day Dresses

Dolce & Gabbana Hourglass Boned Corset Lace Up Black Dress
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Switzerland, CH
Timeless black dress by Dolce & Gabbana Stunning corset part with lace up detail in front Corset fully boned for a perfect fit Two side pockets Closes with zip in back Lined with bla...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Peggy Hunt Sheer Lace Illusion Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Peggy Hunt
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An amazing and highly stylized 1950's cocktail dress by Peggy Hunt. The silhouette is classic pin-up "femme fatale"; the skirt is deliciously lean! The bodice is ultra seductive with...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

1998 Chanel Nude-Illusion Logo Lace Hourglass Evening Dress
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking 1994 nude-illusion gown is a perfect example of why this couture brand has...
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1990s Evening Dresses

1950's Ceil Chapman Raspberry-Red Silk Sculpted Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This is such a seductive and dramatic cocktail from the iconic "Ceil Chapman" designer label. Perfect for any upcoming party; you can't help but feel feminine in this beauty! The gar...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1960's Peacock Feather Novelty Beaded Sequin Silk Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Miss Ruth
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
With its vivid peacock feather pattern and flawless hourglass silhouette, this "Miss Ruth" designer cocktail dress sold in Miami, Florida has the casual elegance the 1960's were know...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

1940's Chantilly-Lace & Silk Sheer-Illusion Peplum Hourglass Cocktail Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An amazing and highly stylized 1940's cocktail dress! The silhouette is classic pin-up "femme fatale"; the skirt is deliciously lean but has an avant-garde draped side-peplum which m...
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1940s Evening Dresses

Breathtaking Dolce & Gabbana Hourglass Silk Mesh Corset Lace Up Dress
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Switzerland, CH
A DOLCE & GABBANA couture piece that will last you for years Made out of a fantastic black mesh silk Amazing lace up - so sexy! Closes with decorative zipper Full corset inside for ...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

1990's Gianni Versace Black Silk Cut-Out Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The first Versace boutique was opened in 1978 and its popularity was immediate. Today, Versace is one of the world's leading international fashion houses. Gianni Versace redefined fa...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1995 Curiel Couture Lilac Ruched Silk Strapless Hourglass Fishtail Dress
By Raffaella Curiel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous Raffaella Curiel Couture cocktail dress dating back to the mid 1990's. Curiel was born into Haute-Couture, as her mother, Gigliola, was one of the first aristocrats to bring...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Irene Lentz Sheer Black & Nude Lace Illusion Hourglass Fishtail Dress
By Irene Lentz
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Irene Lentz stunned the world in the 1930's, 40's and 50's with her ingeniously constructed, sophisticated, couture-standard garments. After charming Los Angeles society and celestia...
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1950s Evening Dresses

1950's Seductive Metallic-Gold Lame Hourglass Shelf-Bust Cocktail Party Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Stunning 1950's metallic gold bombshell custom cocktail dress from the Old Hollywood era of glamour! The bodice is an alluring low-cut plunge pleated shelf-bust that falls into a hea...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Jacques Fath Haute-Couture Black Chantilly-Lace Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Jacques Fath
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Jacques Fath had a short career; 1937 until his death in 1957. After he died, his name fell into obscurity. In contrast to his great contemporaries, Christian Dior and Cristobal Bale...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1990's Chanel Black Lace & Silk-Chiffon Illusion Hourglass Cocktail Dress Set
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chanel is known to be one of the most luxurious and decadent fashion houses in the world. This breathtaking french-lace and silk-chiffon dress ensemble is a perfect example of why th...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Peggy Hunt Black Ilusion Floral Cotton-Lace Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Peggy Hunt
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An amazing and highly stylized 1950's cocktail dress by the famous American designer Peggy Hunt. Starting in the 1930's through the early 1960's, she was immensely successful with he...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Ceil Chapman Ruby-Red Tiered Ruffle-Tulle Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Alluring "Ceil Chapman" cocktail dress in the most dramatic ruby-red color! I adore the thin-straps, slight sweetheart, gathered plunge with a fitted hourglass nipped-waist. The skir...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Vintage Black Button Up Hourglass Silhouette Bombshell Wiggle Sheath Dress
Located in Sparks, NV
So flattering! Vintage 1950s little black dress featuring a button up back, nipped waist, and hourglass silhouette. Unlined with front button, snap and hook closure. Side pockets. Fi...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Ceil Chapman Metallic-Gold Lame Ruched Hourglass Cocktail Dress w/Tags
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This is such a seductive and dramatic cocktail dress from the iconic Ceil Chapman designer label. Perfect for any upcoming party; you can't help but feel feminine in this beauty! The...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Ceil Chapman Black Velvet & Ivory Satin Hourglass Fishtail Cocktail Dress
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This is such a seductive and dramatic cocktail from the iconic "Ceil Chapman" designer label. Perfect for any upcoming party; you can't help but feel feminine in this beauty! The gar...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1950's Ceil Chapman Navy-Blue Ruched Silk-Jersey Hourglass Cocktail Dress
By Ceil Chapman
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Alluring "Ceil Chapman" designer cocktail dress in the most dramatic deep navy-blue color! I adore the heavily-ruched plunge bodice with a fitted hourglass nipped-waist. The sleeves ...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1940's Elegant Beaded Navy-Blue Hourglass Hand-Knit Wool Swing Dress
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Hourglass 1940's hand-knit stretch garments are in a class of their own! They are always fit to flatter the figure and have a certain timeless quality. This navy-blue wool treasure h...
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1940s Cocktail Dresses

Zac Posen Strapless Dress in Green W Sweetheart Bodice Hourglass Shape & Corset
By Zac Posen
Located in Portland, OR
This is a timeless dress from Zac Posen! This dress is strapless, with a sweetheart neckline, slim silhouette fitted with contour seams, and a trumpet style hem. The hourglass shape ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Dresses

Finding the Right Evening Dresses for You

With entire museum exhibitions dedicated to examining fashion designers and their creations, we’re finally recognizing that costuming is art. Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression, and sophisticated evening dresses and gowns by our favorite courtier play no small role in making us feel wonderful but, perhaps more importantly, making us feel like ourselves.

Evening dresses over time have conveyed specific statements about social class, position and beliefs. In the 16th century, dresses and gowns were so important that England's Queen Elizabeth I defined rules about what dresses women could wear -- guidance included long skirts and fitted bodices. Forward-thinking designers have responded to this history.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel reimagined traditionally masculine garments for feminine shapes, and her elegant evening dresses and gowns promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by layers of fabric. French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent introduced innovative and highly coveted dress designs in the 1960s while at the same time challenging sexist stereotypes about which members of society could wear tuxedos. Works by unconventional British designer John Galliano — featured in houses like Givenchy and Dior — redefined limits that dressmakers faced in terms of material, construction and vision during the late 20th century. 

Today’s designers target an increasingly broad audience with their boundary-crossing work, and their tendency to play off of each other’s ideas means that every walk down the runway is also a walk through an entire history of fashion design and dress craftsmanship. 

Whether you gravitate toward backless maxi dresses or silk charmeuse gowns by Alexander McQueen or embellished, ruffled floral-print designs by Chloe or Versace, there is an extraordinary collection of vintage and designer evening dresses and gowns waiting for you on 1stDibs. 

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