A Biba dress from 1971

Last night was my first off three halloween nights out in a row. Why I do it to my liver… I am not quite sure, but I just had to share the dress I wore last night.

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I’ve always loved Biba clothes, in part because Barbara Hulanicki’s clothes were over-ridingly designed for skinny flat chested pre pubescent shaped girls with twig like arms, which pretty much describes my body type. I don’t have many pieces by Biba but all of them are real statement pieces that feel amazing to wear (you can see my post about my yellow satin Biba blouse here). This dress was a must buy for me though. These medieval sleeved Biba dresses come up on ebay relatively often, but their fabulous shape tends to represent an equally fabulous price tag. I’ve seen this design go for over £200 on a number of occasions. With this one though I struck lucky, partly because the dress hadn’t been very well listed. This number came to me costing £66 earlier this year. I was ever so happy though to find that there was a little bit of provenance with the dress, on purchasing it the original owner sent me a message through ebay about the dress,

“my mother bought the dress for her winter wedding in 1971. She travelled up from South Coast to Carnaby street to go to Biba, as it was THE place to go then as you know.”

The lady who I purchased it from went on to tell me that she had worn the dress clubbing in the 90s. I love a story like that!

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The dress needs a suitable occasion though, because as much as I would love to, doing your weekly shop in sainsburys wearing a velvet maxi dress with a thigh high split may well garner some interesting stares. I thought the dress actually had quite a Halloween like vibe to it, so it was a perfect dress to wear last night.

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The dress has so many features though that make it one of the most comfortable dresses to wear (I sort of felt like I was wearing a dressing gown I have to say) The dress fastens right down the front with velvet covered buttons, but these only go as far as the very top of your thigh meaning that the dress is almost split to knicker level. As you stride this gives the dress a sensational shape, that I couldn’t quite capture in pictures. The slim line of the dress perfectly contrasts with the huge sleeves, that are actually so big you feel like you may take off when wearing it. Although the thing I love most about this dress? The sweetheart bodice, I think this may be the only dress in the world that gives me, even with my pathetic 30b bust line, a cleavage! It was amazing actually how confident this dress made me feel, the dramatic shape of it really makes you stand up tall (oh, and perhaps the fact I was wearing 6 inch platforms!) and I certainly received a lot of interesting glances/ stares last night!

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In need of a party dress?

This week, again I have listed some FABULOUS vintage party dresses for your viewing pleasure (AND i have more to come!!!). Whether you want to go all out disney Princess in a Cinderella esque number or, if your taste is distinctly closer to 70s disco glam I have something for you this week!

View all of the listings here.

This is what I call the ultimate Cinderella dress. Dating to the 50s and made of layers upon layers of frothy blue net, it is accented with tiny sequins and beads.

This beautiful pink number is equally delightful. Great for a christmas time ball, but equally an all year round party dress!

This Frank Usher (unlabeled but I am assured it is) is absolutely show stopping. A real feat of construction. Dates to the mid 50s.

This black Susan Small number is PURE glamour

This gorgeous pinky red Horrockses number has a matching stole with it.

…or if your taste is a little later I also have a number of absolutely fab-u-lous 70s dresses on offer.

This Horrockses maxi dress will certainly draw attention. Made from bronze lurex with a daringly low front!

This Ossie Clark mini dress is really versatile. Great satin and moss crepe combo and can be worn by itself, or with trousers (it isn’t quite as short as it looks!)

Or, if a dress isn’t quite what you are after at the moment I also have the most wonderful selection of hats available right now. Dating through from the 20s to modern.

view all the hats here

I’m also selling off most of my collection of Rayne shoes, a few of which come in their original boxes.

View this amazing diamante encrusted pair here.

View this stunning pair of patent leather shoes here

To view all of this weeks listings click here

If any extra info is required on the items for sale this week do feel free to drop me a message!