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Valentino Vintage Black Linen Party Dress, 1980s
By Valentino
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
A sexy vintage womens dress from the 80s by Valentino. In a black linen with a deep sweetheart neckline that is so flattering and interesting square, art deco inspired double buttons...

1980s Mini Dress

MILTON SAUNDERS 1950s White Linen Rhinestone Embellsihed Leaves Party Dress
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage c.1950s Milton Saunders Original white/ivory linen tea length party dress. Sweetheart neckline front and back. Embellished throughout with turquoise applique leaves, white an...

1950s Evening Dresses

1950s Black Satin Party Dress with Velvet Trim and Floral Detail
Located in Houston, TX
1950's black satin cocktail dress with velvet trim and excellent velvet floral detail. The dress is lined with linen and has short sleeves. The bottom of the skirt has box style plea...

1950s Cocktail Dresses

Kenzo Vintage Black Linen and Flocked Organza Sleeveless Dress, 1990s
By Kenzo
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Kenzo Vintage Black Linen & Flocked Organza Sleeveless Dress, 1990s Estimated Size: UK 8/ US 4/ EU 36. Please check measurements. Bust - 32” / 81cm Waist - 26” / 66cm Hips - 34” / ...

1990s Shift Cocktail Dresses

Seagrass A-Line Dress with Bead-Crusted Neckline and Pockets - Medium, 1960s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Perfect for brunch, weddings and cocktail parties, this heavyweight linen dress combines crisp geometry with masterful but discrete beading. Its Mod fingertip pockets and gentle A-li...

1960s Shift Dresses

Vintage Nina Ricci Raspberry Pink Double Breasted Dress w/ Pockets + Bow Belt
By Nina Ricci
Located in Chicago, IL
Such a pretty vintage Nina Ricci dress! Beautiful raspberry pink color, on a double breasted style! Attached bow belt wraps around the back, with hook-and-eye closure at front side. ...

1980s Cocktail Dresses

1970’s Richilene Green Taffeta Strapless Evening Dress
By Richilene, Richard and Ilene for Richilene
Located in Atlanta, GA
This 1970’s Richilene New York evening gown conjures up images of everything from Cinderella to old school cotillions. The strapless silhouette zips and hooks at the back with a pin...

1970s Ball Gowns

Marc Jacobs Red and Gold Metallic Stripe Black Linen Party Dress Holiday
By Marc Jacobs
Located in San Francisco, CA
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Byblos Vintage Asymmetric Purple Linen Mini Party Dress, S / S 1992
By Byblos
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Byblos Vintage Asymmetric Purple Linen Mini Party Dress, 1990s Estimated Size: UK 8-10/ US 4-6/ EU 36-38 (Please check measurements). Bust - 34” / 86cm Waist - 26” / 66cm Hips - 3...

1990s Evening Dresses

Nina Ricci Vintage Strapless Polka Dot Taffeta & Linen Cocktail Party Dress
By Nina Ricci
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Nina Ricci Vintage Strapless Polka Dot Taffeta & Linen Cocktail Party Dress, 1980s Estimated Size: UK 8-10/ US 4-6/ EU 36-38. Please check measurements. Bust - 34” / 86cm Waist - 2...

1980s Cocktail Dresses

Valentino Vintage Black Polka Dot Linen Strapless Flared Skirt Dress, 1980s
By Valentino Night, Valentino
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
A Valentino Night vintage black and cream polka dot linen flared dress from the 1980s with a strapless design and tiered skirt. Click 'Continue Reading' below to see size & descri...

1980s Casual Dresses

Vintage Escada Leopard Print Party Dress with Sculpted Bust, 1980s
By Escada
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
A chic and sexy vintage wiggle dress from the 1980s from luxury designer label, Escada by Margaretha Ley. With a sculpted, built-in bra which creates a sensual, feminine silhouette. ...

1980s Sheath Dresses

Hobby Milano Couture Embroidered Linen Dress
Located in Geneva, CH
From the Hobby Milano fashion house, this sensational 60's white linen maxi dress is the perfect choice for a summer party or an evening event. The simple, yet chic cut with a glamou...

1960s Evening Gowns

1950s Victor Josselyn Cream and Pink Floral Rose Print Cotton Dress
Located in London, GB
This charming 1950s printed cotton prom style dress is by noted 50s-60s designer Victor Josselyn and is in excellent vintage condition. The dress is sleeveless with a gentle scoop ne...

1950s Aesthetic Day Dresses

Genny Vintage Black Sleeveless Dress & Cropped Jacket Two Piece Set, 1990s
By Genny
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Genny Vintage Black Sleeveless Dress & Cropped Jacket 2 Piece Set, 1990s Estimated Size: UK 8-10/ US 4-6/ EU 36-38. Please check measurements. Jacket Bust - 36” / 91cm (allow a ...

1990s Dress and Coat Ensembles

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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