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1980s Adele Simpson Silk Roses and Black Dots Plunge Neck Evening Dress


One of the pioneers of American ready-to-wear, Adele Simpson was sought out for her young, fresh, pretty dresses that were easy for women to wear. This eye-catching gown made for Saks Fifth Avenue during the Eighties beautifully represents her decades-long legacy.

Taking its inspiration from the boudoir, it is styled like a seductive robe with a plunging neckline, batwing sleeves, a ruched tie-like detail at the waistline and an open skirt, which coquettishly parts to reveal a matching one beneath. The luxurious black silk from which it is designed is woven with polka dots and then printed with roses in striking reds, yellows and blues for gorgeous dimensionality.

Silk-covered buttons at the wrist and peekaboo slit at the back neckline are fine details as is a grosgrain ribbon trim at the inside waistline. Put on this vintage find for a party to make a show-stopping entrance.

Size estimate: S/M


Bust: 38 inches

Waist: 26 inches

Hips: 38 inches

Length: 59 inches

This vintage Adele Simpson for Saks Fifth Avenue gown from the Eighties is in excellent condition. It is made from black silk, which is woven with polka dots and printed with roses in reds, yellows and blues. The floor-length silhouette has a plunging V-neckline, batwing sleeves, a ruching detail at the waistline and skirt, which parts in the middle to reveal another skirt underneath.

The underskirt has a 15-inch back slit. Silk-covered button closures embellish the wrists and the peekaboo slit at the back neckline. A grosgrain ribbon trims the interior waistline. This dress has been professionally dry-cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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