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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie Black Lace Illusion Dress w Paper Bag Waist
By Bob Mackie
Located in Portland, OR
This is an absolutely gorgeous Bob Mackie vintage black dress from the 1980's. The lace illusion bodice has a tan lining and is adorned with sequins and ribbons, with eyelash scallop...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Stella McCartney Mesh April Illusion Dress
By Stella McCartney
Located in London, GB
Fitted stretch dress, crew neck, knee length, side mesh panels and perforated sleeves. 88% Rayon, 12% polyester. Size: IT 38 (UK 6, US 2, FR 34) Condition: As new condition, no si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Dresses

Moschino Couture Vintage Flamenco Dancer Style Trompe Loeil Illusion Dress
By Moschino, Moschino Couture
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
An amazing and whimsical vintage womens Moschino Couture party dress. In a black rayon blend with a silk trompe l'oeil flamenco dancers dress attached to the front that has a pair of...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Travilla Vintage Metallic Hand Painted Flowers Nude Illusion Dress
By Travilla
Located in Sparks, NV
Phenomenal vintage dress by William Travilla with a hand painted floral design. Sheer black mesh bell sleeves and nude illusion upper. *Please note: There is a very tiny break in ...
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1980s Shift Cocktail Dresses

1990s Gianfranco Black Knit Illusion Dress
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage 1990s Gianfranco Ferre black knit dress with sheer sleeve. Size 6 / Medium All Sales is final
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 1968 Geoffrey Beene Chantilly Lace Colorful Striped Silk Illusion Dress
By Geoffrey Beene
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A chic and timeless garment that takes the "evening dress" concept to a whole new level! Geoffrey Beene made strong impressions with his courteous manner as well as his highly origin...
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1960s Evening Dresses

Balmain Harlequin-Print Illusion Mini Dress
By Balmain
Located in London, GB
Glamorous and sculpting, this pitch black mini dress from Balmain is styled with sheer panels through the chest and sleeves to show off just the right amount of skin. Black fabric wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Dresses

60s Green Lace Illusion Cocktail Dress
By Mardi Gras
Located in San Francisco, CA
60s green lace illusion cocktail dress with long sleeves. Metal zipper.
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1935 House of Worth Haute-Couture Beaded Velvet & Silk Illusion Dress
By House of Worth
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This superlative couture beaded art-deco dress by The House of Worth is in a class of its own. Charles Frederick Worth died in 1895, when Jean-Philippe became head designer. For at ...
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1930s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1970's Zandra Rhodes Hand-Painted Grey Silk Puff-Sleeve Illusion Dress
By Zandra Rhodes
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Zandra Rhodes was one of the British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970's. This gorgeous dove grey hand-painted dress dates back...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Rudolf Beaded Illusion Blouson Cocktail Dress, 1950s
By Original by Rudolf
Located in Tucson, AZ
Neither mint green nor light blue, this dress’s resemblance to ocean mist is only underscored by its sparkling beaded bodice and hips. Its featherweight fabric, dusting of rhinestone...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

THIERRY MUGLER S/S 1985 Black Cotton Button Front Illusion Shirt Dress
By Thierry Mugler
Located in Thiensville, WI
Thierry Mugler S/S 1985 shirt dress. Illusion fish net front and back at top of bodice. Shirt collar. Pointed bust detail. Short sleeves. Twelve center front black triangle shaped sn...
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1980s Sheath Dresses

Stylish Woven Applique Illusion Design Sheath Dress US Size 12
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Stylish woven applique illusion design sheath dress US Size 12 The high fashion sheath dress is constructed with ivory color woven textured fabric The neckline is framed with a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sheath Dresses

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

Versace Black Dress with Illusion Detail
By Gianni Versace
Located in Alford, MA
Great LBD by Gianni Versace. Simplicity itself at first glance, until you notice the net inserts at the hipline, revealing a glimpse of skin - a little sneak of sexiness in this basi...
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Late 20th Century Day Dresses

Rare Maison Margiela Optical Illusion Photo Print Oversized T Shirt Dress Tunic
By Maison Martin Margiela, MM6 Maison Margiela
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare MAISON MARGIELA MM6 oversized silky photo print patchwork semi sheer t-shirt dress tunic! Features warm tones in green, lavender purple, gray and yellow. Solid gray sheer panels...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Bill Blass Cocktail Dress Black Illusion Lace Little Black Dress M
By Bill Blass
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned, vintage Bill Blass Illusion lace & silk cocktail dress. Likely made in the late 70s. No content label/lined/dry clean only/fastens with snaps. Preowned/vintage w...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

1960s Sandra Sage Vintage Cream Nude Illusion Lace + Silk Chiffon Dress
By Sandra Sage
Located in Sparks, NV
Delicate creamy silk chiffon dress with a sheer blush lace bodice, long sleeves and a deep-V nude illusion lining by Sandra Sage. Partially lined with rear metal zip and hook closure...
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1960s Wedding Dresses

1960s Vintage Black Nude Illusion Beaded Cocktail Dress
Located in Sparks, NV
Vintage black nude illusion cocktail dress with jet black beadwork along the bust. Details: Fully Lined Rear Metal + Hook Zip Closure Estimated Size: S-M Color: Black with ...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Black Flocked Velvet Nude Illusion Party Dress, 1950's
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pretty in pink and fabulous in flocked! This 1950's party dress is a layered combination of pale ballerina pink lining with a coordinating sheer black and pink flocked floral fabric...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

STELLA MCCARTNEY wool cashmere black white illusion colorblocked dress IT36 XS
By Stella McCartney
Located in Hong Kong, NT
STELLA MCCARTNEY wool cashmere black white illusion colorblocked dress IT36 XS Brand: Stella McCartney Designer: Stella McCartney Model Name / Style: Sweater dress Material: Wool, ca...
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Early 2000s Casual Dresses

Vintage JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Optic Illusion Geometric Iridescent Asymmetric Dress
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Optic Illusion Geometric Iridescent Asymmetric Dress Measurements taken laid flat, please double bust, waist and hips: Shoulder: 12.40 inches (31.5 cm) Bu...
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20th Century Aesthetic Day Dresses

1950'S DON LOPER Black Silk Duchess Satin Cocktail Dress With Sheer Illusion La
By Don Loper
Located in New York, NY
1950'S DON LOPER Black Silk Duchess Satin Cocktail Dress With Sheer Illusion Lace Panels
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1960s Kiki Hart Navy Blue Silk Chiffon Nude Illusion Belted Bow Ruffle Dress
By Kiki Hart
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic vintage 60s dress from hard to find designer KIKI HART! Beautiful navy blue silk chiffon, with impeccable demi-couture construction! High collar with a nude illusion dip front b...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Halston 1970s Optical Illusion Black + Khaki 70s Trapeze Dress
By Halston
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare 1970s HALSTON black and khaki optical illusion trapeze dress! Khaki top portion looks as if a bolero jacket is being worn over a black strapless dress. Flattering trapeze style ...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Ben Reig Black Draped Illusion-Shoulder Keyhole Cocktail Dress – M, 1930s
By Ben Reig
Located in Tucson, AZ
Despite its modest silhouette and demure draping, this ladylike frock remains mischievous thanks to a lace illusion shoulder and side-ruching that cups the derrière. A keyhole back r...
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1930s Cocktail Dresses

Lillie Rubin Black Jersey Nude Illusion Maxi Evening Dress, C.1970
By Lillie Rubin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Get a sweet but not so innocent look with this black jersey maxi dress from Lillie Rubin's Collection 700 label C.1970. The youthful style emphasizes curves with an empire construct...
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1970s Maxi Dress

COUTURE c.1940's Black Floral Chantilly Lace Illusion Top Cocktail Dress
Located in Thiensville, WI
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

OSCAR DE LA RENTA A/W 1992 Duchesse Satin Illusion Cocktail Dress
By Oscar De La Renta
Located in Thiensville, WI
Oscar de la Renta A/W 1992 duchesse satin cocktail dress. Sheer black chiffon illusion sleeves and upper back. Black velvet trim at neckline and hem. Velvet bow embellishment. Boned ...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Cele Peterson Brown Illusion Lace Lolita Cocktail Dress - Small, 1960s
Located in Tucson, AZ
With its illusion bodice and schoolgirl silhouette, this charming cocktail dress is one part Alice in Wonderland, one part man-eater. Ideal for social occasions calling for chaste t...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Travilla Lace Illusion Bodice Silk Chiffon Flowy Black Dress
By William Travilla, Travilla
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning vintage Travilla silk chiffon black pleated dress, with gorgeous intricate lace bodice. Chic ruffle hem, with bell/balloon sleeves that snap shut at cuff. Looks incredible o...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

50s Pastel Pink and Blue Cocktail Dress w/ Sweetheart Illusion Neckline
Located in San Francisco, CA
50s Pastel Pink and Blue Cocktail Dress w/ Sweetheart Illusion Neckline. Pink and blue tulle layered over peach lining. Side zip closure.
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1970's Travilla Ivory Chiffon & Lace Illusion Dolman Sleeve Bridal Dress
By William Travilla, Travilla
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Extremely chic late 1970's ivory silk-chiffon and rose-print lace bridal dress from the iconic Travilla label. William Travilla designed costumes for films and also opened his own sa...
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1970s Wedding Dresses

Black Chandelier Bead Illusion Party Dress with Swirling Trumpet Skirt– M, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Made for a party, this glamorous dance dress combines the late 50s and early 60s so perfectly that we would bet it was worn on New Year’s Eve at the cusp of the new decade. Not quite...
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1950s Evening Dresses

Exceptional 1960s 60s Black French Lace Nude Illusion Sequin Babydoll Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Such a stunning vintage 1960s Babydoll cocktail dress! Black French lace, covered with black sequins. Beautiful scalloped hems, with layers of nude silk under. Zips up the back, with...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Roberto Cavalli Fully Beaded Mini Green Graphite Drape Illusion Plunging Dress
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in Montgomery, TX
Roberto Cavalli Fully Beaded Drape Illusion Mini Dress Designer size - 40 100% Silk, Fully Hand Beaded in Green and Graphite Beads in Drape Illusion Look, Deep Plunging, Fully Lined....
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

runway ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SS09 silver kaleidoscope skeleton illusion mesh dress M
By Alexander McQueen
Located in Hong Kong, NT
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FROM THE SPRING SUMMER 2009 RUNWAY BLACK WHITE DIAMOND KALEIDOSCOPE DIGITAL PRINT • ILLUSION OF A CRYSTALIZED SPINE DOWN CENTER BACK • SLEEVELESS DRESS • NUDE DOUB...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Dresses

Chic 1950s Black French Lace Nude Illusion Vintage 50s Silk Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic 1950s black French lace cocktail dress! Features luxurious black French lace, with a fitted bodice and flattering forgiving skirt. Full metal zipper with hook-and-eye closure. C...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1950's Couture Fuchsia Satin Beaded Illusion Cocktail Dress w/ Shawl
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
In this gorgeous 1950's fuchsia pink party dress, the detailed construction and meticulous attention to detail are comparable to what you will find in modern couture. This garment al...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1950's 50s Black Lace Nude Illusion Bombshell Wiggle Cocktail Dress
Located in Sparks, NV
The perfect little black dress! Tiny nipped waist, V-neckline, and nude illusion peek-a-boo lace accents on the bodice. Short sleeves and hourglass silhouette. Rear metal zip closure...
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1950s Evening Dresses

Vintage 1950's Lilli Diamond Red Silk and Lace Illusion Draped Fishtail Dress
By Lilli Diamond
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A seductive and highly stylized 1950's cocktail by the famous Lilli Diamond. The silhouette is classic pin-up "femme fatale"; the skirt is deliciously sculpted! The bodice is an allu...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1990s CD GREENE Black Nude Illusion Sparkle Glitter Vintage 90s 3/4 Sleeve Dress
By CD GREENE
Located in Chicago, IL
Sexy 90s CD GREENE for Bergdorf Goodman black + nude illusion rayon jersey sparkle glitter 3/4 sleeve bodycon dress! Greene has been a celebrity go-to for decades. He is known for hi...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Suzy Perette Black Silk Chiffon Nude Illusion Couture Vintage 50s Dress
By Suzy Perette
Located in Chicago, IL
Incredible 1950s SUZY PERETTE black silk chiffon nude illusion couture tiered cocktail dress! Features a black strapless bodice with a sheer chiffon overlay. Three tiers of soft luxu...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1990S ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Blood Red Acetate Jersey Nude Illusion Paneled Dress Fr
By Alexander McQueen
Located in New York, NY
1990S ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Blood Red Acetate Jersey Nude Illusion Paneled Dress From "The Hunger" 1996
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Valentino Black & Red Leather & Tulle Illusion Embroidered Dress - Size US 4
By Valentino
Located in London, GB
Tulle Illusione Long Sleeve Embroidered Valentino Dress -Long Sleeve -Pleated Hem -Lambskin Leather Panels -Embroidered Woven Netting -Back Zip Fastening -Round Neckline Mate...
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2010s Day Dresses

1990s Sexy Black Beaded Sequin Nude Illusion Size 6 Vintage 90s Bodycon Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Sexy 1990s black beaded bodcon nude illusion mini dress! Features a fully beaded fitted corset bodice, with thousands of hand-sewn black beads throughout the front and back. Black sh...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

New Bottega Veneta Black Silk Velvet Branch Coral Illusion Runway Dress – It. 38
By Bottega Veneta
Located in Tucson, AZ
New, unworn and right off Bottega Veneta’s 2012 runway comes this incomparable illusion dress whose nude shoulders make the dress appear to float unattached on the body. Painstakingl...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

1950s Tur Zel Miami Beach black illusion & jewel bust silk cocktail dress
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fabulous black silk faille & silk illusion cocktail dress from Tur Zel Miami Beach Florida, from the 1950s...In the 1940s & 50s Miami Beach's Lincoln Rd. was the epicenter of Souther...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

Peggy Hunt Vintage Dress Black Crepe Lace Evening Gown Illusion Bodice 1940s
By Peggy Hunt
Located in Portland, OR
This sensational 1940's Peggy Hunt vintage black rayon crepe dress has a pretty organza illusion bodice and fine lace trim. Her 1940's dresses are rare to find and I was so thrilled ...
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1940s Evening Dresses

1950s Turquoise Blue Silk Chiffon Nude Illusion Fit n' Flare Vintage 50s Dress
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful 1950s turquoise blue nude illusion silk chiffon fit and flare cocktail dress! Vibrant turquoise blue color. Fitted bodice with a taffeta underlay and chiffon overlay. Full ...
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1950s Cocktail Dresses

1980s Bob Mackie Black Crepe Long Sleeve Cocktail Dress with Crystal Illusion
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Bob Mackie long sleeve black crepe cocktail dress with rondel crystal trimmed illusion bodice featuring contrasting squares of nude net over lining. Sleeve is gathered at shoul...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1992 Valentino Couture Sheer-Illusion Beaded Silk Velvet Dress & Jacket
By Valentino Couture, Mario Valentino
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous Valentino Couture cocktail dress ensemble dating back to their Fall-Winter 1992 collection. For over forty years Valentino has been one of the most prominent names in fashio...
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1990s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1950's Harvey Berin Black Silk Lace Illusion Strapless Dress & Bolero
By Harvey Berin
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Harvey Berin designer black silk and chantilly lace party dress dating back to the mid 1950's. Harvey Berin opened his business in 1921, and by the 1940's he was an impo...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1959 Pierre Balmain Paris Navy Lace Illusion Strapless Dress & Jacket
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Pierre Balmain Paris cocktail dress set dating back to his 1959 Spring/Summer collection. Pierre Balmain worked under Robert Pigiuet, Molyneux, and Lucian Lelong, where ...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Fishnet Optic Illusion Geometric Maxi Dress
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Nice, FR
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER vintage optic illusion geometric pattern print maxi dress featuring a sexy brown fishnet bustier top. Slips on. Label reads JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FEMME. Made in Ita...
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20th Century Day Dresses

Vintage Bob Mackie Size 12 Black Nude Illusion Sequin Beaded Little Black Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic vintage BOB MACKIE 1980s / 80s nude illusion little black dress! Incredible body huggin fit. Tailored bodice with sleek tailored long sleeves. Cut-outs above the bust and should...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Black Pat Sandler Côte d'Azur Illusion Crochet Maxi Dress - XS, late 1960s
By Pat Sandler
Located in Tucson, AZ
Nearly identical to the louche white crochet maxi dress made famous by Jane Birkin, this frock is both a little bit hippie and a little bit rock and roll. The banded neckline and col...
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1960s Maxi Dress

DOLCE & GABBANA A/W 2005 Black Wool Bishop Sleeve Illusion Cocktail Dress + Belt
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Thiensville, WI
Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2005 Black wool bishop sleeve illusion cocktail dress. Black illusion mesh at front and back of bodice and sleeves; New with tags. Shift style. Long mes...
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Early 2000s Shift Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1955 Maggy Rouff Haute-Couture Brown Sheer Illusion Chantilly Lace Dress
By Maggy Rouff
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Beautiful chocolate brown chantilly-lace cocktail by the famous House of Maggy Rouff dating back to the mid 1950's. Harmony and simplicity were cornerstones of Maggy Rouff's belief i...
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1950s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Norma Walters Vintage Silk Dress Red Roses & Black & White Stripe Illusion
By Norma Walters
Located in Portland, OR
We have become somewhat obsessed with Norma Walters' vintage dresses! Her patterns are so unique and her dresses are always beautifully made with unique design elements. This 1980'...
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1980s Day Dresses

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Illusion Dress For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary illusion dress you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Gray, Red and more options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect illusion dress among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. There have been many well-made iterations of this accessory over the years, but those made by Bob Mackie, Peggy Hunt and Geoffrey Beene are often thought to be among the most stylish. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Illusion Dress?

Prices for an illusion dress can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $225 and can go as high as $4,760, while, on average they fetch $919.

Finding the Right Evening Dresses and Gowns 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.