Shop Rare Party Looks by Designers Through the Decades

Shop Rare Party Looks by Designers Through the Decades

William Vintage is one of London's hidden gems for rare, one-of-a-kind vintage fashion. The company counts leading ladies like Tilda Swinton, Rihanna, Lady Gaga as part of their loyal fanbase. But a partnership with luxury retailer MatchesFashion has made its offerings available to an ever bigger audience globally.

This month marks the launch of William Vintage's second exclusive edit of ready-to-wear and couture for MatchesFashion. The 34 pieces represent party dressing through the decades from the 1950s to the 2000s, and include iconic looks like Christian Dior London's "La Mexico" dress from 1955 and a Givenchy cocoon cape from 1960 designed by the late founder.

Other rare finds include a trouser ensemble from Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche circa 1968-69 and Versace dresses from the '80s and '90s designed by Gianni himself. The assortment was curated by MatchesFashion's fashion and buying director Natalie Kingham and William Vintage CEO Marie Blanchet, who sourced everything from private collections around the world.

Since most of these looks are decades old, Blanchet's team of couturières at William Vintage restored each garment to pristine museum-quality condition. "We are proud to launch this exclusive partnership with iconic pieces of fashion history, to celebrate designers from past decades and their enduring modernity," Blanchet, who was born in France but resides in London now, said in a statement.

The complete edit, which also includes designers like Alaia, Halston, Martin Margiela, among others, is available now at

Photos courtesy of MatchesFashion