As splendid as it is luxurious, this never-worn and deadstock 1980’s gown by Alyce Designs of Chicago was originally sent to a Saks (as in Saks Fifth Avenue) sample sale. The basic form is a drop-waist formal dress with puffed sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and tea-length hem: quintessential mid-eighties. The real beauty is in the use of fabric: A soft velvet in a burgundy-wine color, expertly gathered down the front, at the drop waist, and best of all, at the sleeves. The visual effect makes a lasting impression, and it likely is compounded when worn and walked in. Click here for more sizing and views!
Be draped in black, voluminous velvet, deep as the darkest nights of winter, and be enveloped in glamour and mystery in this enthralling 1920’s piece with dolman-cut sleeves and golden champagne satin lining. Crafted by Steinberg’s of St. Louis, this reminder of the prosperity of the 1920’s is characteristically generous in cut with big, swooping, graceful lines in the sleeves and the self-fabric tie at the neck. Know what the slinky sirens of the silent Silver Screen felt, skimming through the evening in their bobbed hair, sneaking to the speakeasy or gallavanting in elegance among countless strangers to the strains of jazz music. Louise Brooks would have nothing on you if you made your entrance in this, and Theda Bara might feel upstaged, eclipsed. Eyes would turn. Jaws would drop. And it would all be about you.
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Elegant and emphatically hot pink, this carefully home-sewn dress will have you and everyone else seeing in Velvet-Vision. Short sleeves and boat neckline with Peter Pan-style collar, bodice fitted with darts, all come together to make a swingy, kicky party dress with a slight flare. We’d be lying if we didn’t say it had a little bit of both Joan and Peggy from Mad Men. As they say on the show, “A thing like that!” Click here for more views and sizing information.
For rich, mysterious fabrics, you can’t do much better than the liquid loveliness of velvet. This 1970’s women’s blazer-style jacket is crafted in a deep chocolatey brown crushed velvet. Two recessed-center brown buttons close the jacket in the front, and there is slight gathering at the shoulder. While this piece is clearly styled in the seventies look, it still manages to look timeless. Very fluid and supple fabric, just perfect for cold-weather wardrobes! Click here for more views and sizing information.