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Original 194Os Gainsborough Tea Dress from U.S.

£ 58.00 

A beautiful example of an original 1940s Tea Dress.  The label is Gainsborough made in the USA.  The material is feminine and light with a beautiful blue grey wispy fern leaf design with tiny white dots in the background which is a lovely light oatmeal colour. It has a small collar, is buttoned down the front, but doesn't have it's original belt.  It is a perfect dress for stylish comfort either through the day or accessorised up for your night out jitterbugging.  Please look over gallery pictures for close up images. 

Measurements when laying flat:  Bust 46" Waist 38"  Shoulder to shoulder 18"  Shoulder to hem 41"  Waist to hem 27"  Hip size 'free'.

PLEASE NOTE: There needs to be a small tidying of the hem. 




Vtg 8O's era dress in 4O's style

£ 22.00 

1980's dress in a simple 40's style and white criss cross pattern with a v-neck edged in blue.  Short sleeves with a turnup on the sleeve edge. Great for Goodwood. Freshly laundered and ready to go.  No marks or tears.

Armpit to .  Navy blue armpit  47.5 

Length  102 cm

Collar to cuff of sleeve 27.5 cm 

Flower not included


197Os C&A original lemon and blue pleated dress

£ 19.00 

1970s yellow and cornflower blue dress with floral design.  Pleated skirt and pinched in waist.  Zipped back.  No belt. Perfect for a retro styling.  Very pretty with no marks or tears.

Golden Gate label C&A

From top of back zip to edge of skirt 110 cm

Width of waist laying down 36 cm

Length from waist to edge of skirt 69cm




196Os original blue, silver & black thread dress

£ 22.00 

Original 1960s designer label M94. The fabric has some stretch in it but not around the waist which is clinched in by a matching belt and striking silver tone buckle.    It has a fitted bodice with a inner popper closure and A line skirt.  Approx UK size 16 (full measurements below). 

Bust 42" 107 cm  Waist 34" 87 cm  Hips  Free  Length 38" Top of dress to bottom edge 102 cm

Armpit to armpit 55 cm



WWII style 197Os original ditsy print dress

£ 23.00 

1940s style winter tea dress with a matching belt. The dress is from the 1970s so still is 40 years old. It has a small collar, buttons down the front and a skirt lining.  The material is light with no tears or stains.  The dress has been freshly laundered.  The long sleeves have a cuff button.  The dress is a lovely shade of blue with small pink and green ditsy print.

Base of collar to edge of skirt 131 cm

Bust 42 "" 107 cm   Waist 26" to 38"  66 cm  to 97 cm stretched  Hips free


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197Os Carnegie Secretary Day Dress

£ 23.00 

A caramel coloured 1970s Carnegie of London Secretary Day Dress with original belt.  Size 18. It has 8 covered buttons and long sleeves with button cuffs.  It has some extremely light marks in three places in the folds of the skirt which are even difficult to show in the gallery photos to the left.  The dress has been freshly laundered, but these small marks may disappear with further laundering. Material polyester. Label measurements have faded so please see dress measurements below.

Waist 30"

Shoulder to edge of cuff 24"

Length of skirt from waist 30"



Original 195Os Gold Jacquard Cocktail Dress.

£ 65.00 

An original one of a kind handmade 1950s dress in a beautiful gold patterned jacquard silk fabric.  This great dress is absolutely gorgeous and made extremely well.  It has a square neckline with ruching detail, 3/4 length sleeves, matching ruched panels to the hips. To make this a more wearable piece I  have had the zipper professionally altered so you can now step into the dress like Rita Hayworth.

Measurements: 34" bust 24/26" waist 32"


198Os Mint green dress in 5O's style

£ 22.00 

Mint green 1980s dress in a 40's/50's style with front panel, square neck, capped sleeves and a pleated lined full skirt and side zip.  No marks or tears.  Comes with original white belt. Close up gallery pictures further down the page.

Length from back of neck to edge of skirt

112 cm

Width of waist laying down 35 cm



Original 196Os mini dress from U.S.A.

£ 28.00 

1960s original short dress from the United States. The label says "A Nancy Frock.  Made to where anywhere"! It is a lovely warm oatmeal colour with orange blossom pattern.  It has it's original tie belt, short sleeves and two front pockets with a round neck. It is a size L with measurements below.  Would look great with thick tights or leggings.  The dress has been freshly laundered good to go with no ironing.  It has no marks or tears.

Top of dress to bottom edge 85 cm

Armpit to armpit 54 cm



Original 196Os Green Crimplene dress and jacket

£ 45.00 

Original 1960s Crimplene dress and jacket.  It is extremely comfortable, gives a wonderful shape and is very well made.

The capped sleeve dress has a tie which can be tied at the side or front into a small bow.  The little box jacket is light and comfortable.


Dress Armpit to armpit flat 34" 87 cm  length 93 cm  waist laying flat 28" 72 cm

Jacket shoulder to cuff 48 cm  Length of jacket 53 cm



Gorgeous vtg 'Grace Kelly' style dress circa 1990s

£ 20.00 

A very chic 'Grace Kelly' or 'Ava Gardner' style dress in a light golden leaf & cream background.  The bodice has a lattice slightly transparent but a pretty bra underneath will be very feminine.  The skirt is floaty and lined.  The straps are thick.  No tears or marks and freshly laundered.

Armpit to armpit  42 cm

Length from neck to edge of skirt 109 cm




Original 1950s blue 'party' Circle skirt

£ 48.00 

Original 1950s blue circle skirt with 'party' New Year style designs. of balloons, party poppers and masquerade masks. Stiff skirt underneath & elasticated waist which has lost a little of its 'give' but sits nicely on the hips & is comfortable with a belt.  Two small marks: one on the front & one on the back. Please see additional gallery photos for a closer view.

37cm waist laying flat

60cm skirt length from top of waistband

one in stock


196Os Butterfly design dress

£ 23.00 

Pretty pale lemon floral and butterfly patterned 1960s dress in excellent vintage condition from C&A store.  It has a Madarin collar and front button fastening.  The matching belt is unfortunately not with this pretty dress, but a 50's style or a vintage belt would look great clinching in the waist.  It is a curvaceous Size 16 UK approximately (measurements are below). There is one small mark at the hem and there are no tears. The belt has been pegged in 2 inches to show Matilda's curves.

Bust 97cm  38"  Hips 102 mm 40"  Shoulder to hem 40"

Material polyester.  Freshly laundered and no ironing necessary!