Take a trip back to the 1980s with this collection of 15 vintage sewing patterns for a dress goddess. The '80s were a fashion era marked by bold silhouettes, opulent fabrics and unapologetic extravagance.
Vogue Designer Original 2276 by designer Bellville Sassoon
This head-turning dress reminds me of that scene from Cruella (2021) where all the guests show up to the Baroness's party in black and white. It's deliciously evil and more black than white.
Vogue American Designer 1117 by designer Jerry Silverman
Be a queen in Jerry Silverman's long dress with an attached belt that falls dramatically off the shoulder.
Vogue Paris Original 1555 by designer Emanuel Ungaro
There's drama up front and more drama in the back. This model only needs a pair of long, flowing pants instead of a skirt to bring it up to date.
Vogue American Designer 1189 by Kasper
The sweet black and white version is reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn, but the sophisticated black and brown dress is too sensual to be called cute.
Vogue Paris Original 2212 by designer Nina Ricci
The silhouette of this black dress is strangely beautiful. Perfect for a black widow to wear to her husband's funeral.
Vogue American Designer 2409 by designer Albert Nipon
You can never have too many ruffles on the shoulders, as this two-piece dress suggests.
Butterick 5349 Professional Style Evening Dress
Here's a dress for the woman who is serious, especially at night. She gets the job done with style. I wonder when we'll see secondary links as important as this again.
Simplicity 8353 Dramatic Dress
Easy to sew, easy to rule the world (or the underworld, whichever you prefer). I'm not sure about the short version, but I need this long dress when I'm feeling as melodramatic as it looks.
Vogue Individualiste 1894 by designer Claude Montana
Don't pay attention to the front of this dress, only the back which is bandaged.
Style 1198 by designer Caroline Charles
This dress is undoubtedly inspired by Madonna's “Like a Virgin”, released in 1984. The pink version in any case. The black version is reminiscent of “Papa Don't Preach” (1986).
Vogue Paris Original 1996 by YvesSaintLaurent
This pink dress is what every girl wanted after watching Molly Ringwold in “Pretty in Pink” (1986). If you are over 40 and going to Paris, the black sheath dress is what you should wear.
Vogue Paris Original 2834 by Christian Dior
Green puff sleeves, green puff skirt and purple camisole. It must be an elf from the 80s. Sorry, Christian Dior. The black version is pretty.
Vogue American Designer 1562 by designer Adelle Simpson
All wrapped up again with a big side tie. I have to admit I like it.
Vogue Paris Original 2523 by designer Pierre Balmain
No design could bring the drama like Vogue Paris Originals. This one was inspired by the 1985 film Cocoon.
Butterick 4870 Slip Dresses and Double Breasted Dress
Butterick meant this pattern to be slips and a dress. But today, these slip dresses are for going out. Wear this spectacular bathrobe to keep you warm as you walk from the car to the gala in winter.
Butterick 3495 by designer Nicole Miller
In case you forgot about the big hair of the 1980s, hairstyles haven't gotten bigger since then, at least for women. The 2020s are the decade of big hair for men.
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