Clothes of the Seventies, Gunne Sax

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Description: Gunne Sax dresses were all the rage. I wore one to my Jr. High graduation in 1974. They were made from gauzy types of materials in off white and pastel colors, and were in prairie and victorian/edwardian types of styles. These were worn for dress functions and special dates, with platform sandels or frye boots. If they did not have matching shawls, a crocheted shawl was usually worn.
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Becky56 - July 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved Gunne Sax because they were so old fashioned and feminine. I still have all mine put away. My wedding dress was a long white Gunne Sax.Much like the one pictured here.Still smile when I see Jackie wear them on that 70s Show!
Karen G - August 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I also wore Gunne Sax dresses and had one as my wedding dress in 1973. Jessica McClintock now designs wedding dresses.
Junebug - September 16, 2007 - Report this comment
Gunne Sax dresses are the ultimate; I could not afford them in the '70's but have accummulated several through Ebay and Goodwill and treasure all of them! They are the finest quality dresses ever made, even those that are nearly 35 years old still look outstanding and wear beautifully. I will leave all mine to my granddaughters.
H. Stowe - March 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I always wanted a Gunne Sax dress but my Mom refused to buy me one for prom or anything else. She made my prom dresses and they were usually quite sophisticated things like a long chocolate brown velvet halter-dress or a slinky black knit shot through with silver turtleneck with the cut out sleeves. The dresses were really pretty hot but all I wanted was a sweet innocent Gunne Sax!
Diana P. - March 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I recently found the most divine Gunne Sax at a thrift store for $25. Now I am in love and I want more of them! They are heavenly. I wish I could order things online...
chelsie11 - March 19, 2008 - Report this comment
Hey i really like this dress.I think it is really pretty. It looks very retro.
Laura - April 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I love to alter clothing I find at thrift stores. My favorite thrift store has all clothing for 99 cents. Anyway, I found the cutest Gunne Sax prarie looking dress. It looked kind of "school marm" so I just shortened the length to the knee and its one of the dresses that I get the most compliments on. I love Gunne Sax. If only there were a line like this for the youth of today whom are more concerned with looking sexy than cute and age-appropriate. Gunne Sax dresses can be sexy too though but in a more sophisticated, modern way if you know how to pair them with the right shoes and accessories and wear them with confidence.
rebekah - April 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I still love the old Gunne Sax dresses and patterns I recently watched my niece enjoy one I had owned. It has actually been passed through 3 neices and it is still beautiful. I found some of the old patterns at a thrift store and hope to have a new generation of lovely, romantic feminine clothes. What a trip down memory lane for me.
Rachel - July 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I Loooove my Gunne's!! I own three and although they don't get worn as much as they did when i was a teen, i still wouldn't part with them. In high school I used to wear them with combat boots, LOL!
DEBBIE - July 31, 2008 - Report this comment
BACK IN 1980 I GOT MARRIED IN A GUNNE SAX DRESS. MY PARENTS REFUSED TO SPEND A FORTUNE ON A BRIDALLURE GOWN, SO I FOUND A BEAUTIFUL GUNNE SAX DRESS AT A RETAIL STORE FOR LESS THAN $100.IT WAS OFF-WHITE DOTTED COTTON VOILE WITH A RUFFLED FLOUNCED HEM AND AN EMPIRE WAISTLINE, AND HAD LONG POUF SLEEVES THAT BUTTONED AT THE WRISTS. IT DIDN'T HAVE A TRAIN AND I WANTED A LONG TRAIN SO I REALLY DIDN'T LIKE THE DRESS THEN. SURE WISH I WOULDN'T HAVE THROWN IT OUT! AT LEAST I STILL HAVE THE PHOTOS.
Carol - September 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I regret selling my first prom dress at a resale shop. It was a beautiful Gunne Sax off the shoulder(which I choose not to do because I was too modest!)cream colored with an embroidered yolk. It was at a botique and was quite costly...75.00! But my mom loved the dress too! Needless to say I came home with it and felt like the most beautiful girl at the prom! I miss that dress. Maybe some day I will find it again! But probably not for 75.00. Vintage Gunne sure is expensive!!
Melissa (20 y/o) - October 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I agree with everything Laura said :) I found a beautiful Gunne Sax dress a few days ago, which I'll be wearing to my upcoming prom. It's long but I'll be shortening it so that it falls on the knee. It's cream in colour and sheer, with long sleeves that button at the wrists & a waist sash. I think it's so lovely, but in all honesty I'm a little nervous about wearing it to the prom, since I know that all the other girls will be wearing modern strapless ballgowns! I'm going to team it with a pair of Victorian-inspired ankle boots, also cream, with a hidden platform & stiletto heels. I want an updo with loose curls here and there, and I'll be wearing a cream rose in it. What does everybody think? I feel so anxious about wearing it because a friend of mine saw the dress in its full length and laughed, even though they know I'll be shortening it [so now I'm worried about what people will think, which is really unlike me!] I'm tired of skimpy dresses, and I hope I'll be confident enough to wear it on the night. I want to look classy and elegant and "romantic." It's so nice to have found a place where others appreciate Gunne Sax dresses. I wish I didn't feel so worried! I really do hope that when I wear it to the prom, with those beautiful shoes & my hair and make-up done, it'll become "one of the dresses that gets the most compliments."
Carol - January 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Concerning the gal who wants to wear the Gunne Sax dress to her prom. I think it is a lovely idea. You may be be a fashion setter. Don't follow the crowd. Someone has to start the style. The other gals may really admire you.
Carol - January 15, 2009 - Report this comment
This is another thought for the gal who is going to shorten the Gunne Sax dress for her prom. Try folding the dress up so you don't have to cut it. You may be sorry later. I have slips that my mom bought in the 1950's that you would not see today with all that lace. I folded them up and then styles got longer I could just let out the hem. Prom dresses used to be long dresses. I hope everything works out for you.
April - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
My first Gunne Sax dress was a hand-me-down from a friend who knew I admired it, this was just a couple of years ago and we're both in our twenties. I collect the damn things now and snap them up (if they're in my size range and a style I like) whenever I see them. But now I have three that are similar styles!! Long calico with that corset-looking top and the poofy sleeves...oops. I should probably sell at least one...but it's so hard to part with them. Whenever I wear one I get lots of compliments. They're flattering and sexy and still mostly modest (heh, depends on how they're laced up) and they just make me feel so pretty!
Brenda - April 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I had several Gunne Sax dresses. Where I'm from, if you had a Gunne Sax dress you were it! lol I graduated in 1980 so...those dresses were very popular then
Rebekah - April 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I recently found several Gunne Sax patterns at a garage sale both adult sizes and some childrens sizes. I'm looking forward to making some "COTTON/CALICO dresses for the spring/summer heat here in the south.I'm also looking forward to making some dresses for my nieces and great nieces. Her clothes were so feminine and comfortable.
Rebekah - April 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Melissa I hope you really get to enjoy your dress. If you can find a way to tack up the hemline instead of cutting it off.... one day you may want to pass down to a daughter or a niece. Sounds like you will be stunning!
Tegan - April 30, 2009 - Report this comment
dress....
Sarah - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I just got off the phone with my mother, and she still has her Gunne Sax dress from when she was in high school. She said she'd give it to me so I could wear it to prom. I'm SO excited. I'm going to stand out so well :D.
LORIAN - July 25, 2009 - Report this comment
ITS OK
JANET - August 12, 2009 - Report this comment
My wedding dress was a beautiful gunne sax dress blue with a daisy floral and woman in the pattern The sleeves were fitted at the wrist but very full in the upper arm.It had a bow tie in the back and laced up the front. It was 1975 and the ceremony was outdoors and barefoot.The groom wore a blue denim tux.Those were the days.I also have a pink floral print full lenghth sundress from that time period as well,that my daughter is going to wear to a family wedding this month.
Michelle - October 13, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom still has my Gunne Sax dress from when I was 17 and going to Ring Dance. It was so gorgeous, I had my senior pictures in high school taken in it. It was white with small pink roses and in diamond shapes around the roses there were green leafs in a trellis like vine. It laced up the front and had a fairly low neckline and full longwhite organza like sleeves that were slightly puffy. I felt so romantic in that dress. I am so glad my mom held on to it. It would fit my size 3 15 year old daughter right now, if she would wear it. I think I will get my mom to ship it to me so my daughter can try it on.
Malachi - October 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I discovered Gunne Sax about a year ago and am now completely obsessed!! After Miss Selfridge released its recent praire renaissance range I think its coming back! (well, for this season anyway). If anyone could bare to part with a puff sleeved, sweetheart neckline prairie dress in small or x small, let me know :)
Lisa - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I graduated in 1980 and never spent the money on a Gunne Sax dress, although I do remember that my junior year I found a Gunne Sax pattern & their sanctioned fabic and made my own prom dress. It was baby blue with a lattice print and lavendar flowers, I believe, and I loved that dress. A few years ago I bought a vintage Gunne Sax c. 1978 prairie dress in perfect condition. My husband has a powder blue tux of the same era with fabulous white plastic shoes. We're wearing both for Halloween tomorrow. I've bought some mums & daises so that I can make a boutonniere for him and a wrist corsage for me. Should be fun.
Tina - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I am planning to get marry in June 2010. I would love to have a pretty gunne sax dress... I have been looking online. I haven't found any that I can afford or I like. I would love someone who can tell me where to shop for one or know anyone who might be selling? I am on a tight budget though. :) Thanks for all the help in advance.
Shoshanna - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I own many- they're really the only thing I wear. The compliment I most often receive is along the lines of: "I could never wear what you wear, but you pull it off with such grace."
Hannah - February 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Tina, if you are still looking for a gunne sax dress, try etsy: http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=all&search_query=gunne+sax if you dont see what you are looking for, I got my wedding dress from this lady: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KittenPawsVintage she sells loads of beautiful vintage 70s dresses for brides on a budget ;)
lylliam - March 04, 2010 - Report this comment
i have been buying gunne sax dresses since the 1970's. my husband drives me to San Francisco because that is where they have the best selection and great prices. I wear them to church and other formal occassions.I wear nothing but the best from Jessica and her perfume. I usually come home with at least 15 dresses.Thanks to my wonderful husband that takes his time and money to buy me the best:) Now I buy dresses for my only grand -daughter so she can follow my tradition and example of wearing and being the best!!!!!!!
diane - April 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have the Gunne Sax dress that I bought in 1981. I paid around $80 and wore it as a wedding dress. It is Edwardian style with embroidered lace above the bodice with pearl buttons. I thought it was such a beautiful dress for a great price. It seems pretty simple compared to the wedding gowns women wear now. It's nice to read all of the comments from people who wear these dresses. I
Susie - May 17, 2010 - Report this comment
My dad took me on a trip to San Francisco in 1978 and I got my Gunne Sax prom dress at Macy's in Union Square... that trip was so fun. It was pale peach with tiny pale blue flowers... 1" shoulder straps, lace and lots of ruffles... I thought I was wonderful... until another girl wore the exact same dress to the prom... drat! Anyway, I still have it in a box somewhere in the basement... no longer am I a size 11 sadly! But I just can't part with it!
Beverly - October 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I also am no longer a size 11, but I still have the Gunne Sax dress I wore to my high school graduation in 1978, AND the one I wore to my college graduation in 1982. I love them!
Jana - December 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I purchased my one and only Gunne Sax dress in 1970's in San Francisco. The style of my dress is Edwardian. The entire dress is cream with raised dots on the material. The waist is tightly fitted and the skirt bellows out in a A-line formation. My dress is beautiful. I am leaving this dress to my niece for her to enjoy.
Diane - December 31, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm one of those 'Original' Gunne Sax owners. The first piece I bought was a Satin blouse in 1973 at $38.00!!! I now have over 150 of them including bridal dresses that I sell online. I still have a private collection that won't be touched. It will go to My Granddaughter's.
Kappy - March 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Please give me your online address so I can buy some Gunne Sax dresses. I only have a Jessica McClintock blouse from the 70's. Modest and feminine needs to make a comeback!! Thanks.
Darci - August 09, 2011 - Report this comment
I still have my Gunne Sax dress I wore to graduation in 1980. It's a mid-length white dress that buttoned all the way down and has yellow and blue ribbon bordering each tier of the skirt.
Mistydawn - May 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I just bought my first Gunnie Sax dress at Salcation army in Torrington ct Today. Iyt is awesome. All lace I am a size 18 so I am deconstructing it and making it bigger. I just love Jessica!
Laura - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
wore a Gunne Sax to my Junior prom back in 1983. It's a floor length with the corset botice and 1 inch wide shoulder straps. Fabric is a plum colored calico with beige satin and lace trim. Also,has a matching jacket. Love this dress. Still have it!
Anita - July 01, 2012 - Report this comment
My first prom dress was a Gunne Sax dress and was yellow.
Linda - September 11, 2012 - Report this comment
My first Gunne was back in 1969. Just loved them. I have now turned my 23 year old daughter onto them and she has collected 13 so far. She has 4 that are the original 69 black labels.
AnneMarie - October 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I just happened to be in DesMoines visiting my Mom when he passed through a higher end dept. store. I saw the all white "holiday dress" in the fall 1978. I bought the dress for $88 to use for my wedding dress in March. Up to that point I did not know how I was going to find a dress when regular wedding dresses were more expensive. That's when JC Penneys sold wedding dresses form their catalog. With minor alterations, I had a beutiful dress with a sheer panel from a lace nehru collar, deep ruffle edged with lace from shoulder to wiast, sheer inserts on the sleeves and wide cuffs with a row of several pearl buttons on the cuffs and on the back of the dress bodice. I LOVED my dress. It was gauzy white with a small white brighter white tiny flowered print. I made my veil to attach to a little Juliet style cap. My daughter though it too old fashioned when she got married. I was going to cut up the dress to make a chistening gown but my mother had a fit & convinced me not to> I don't know that anyone in my family will ever want to wear it but it was so perfect on my wedding day!
AnneMarie - October 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I just happened to be in DesMoines visiting my Mom when We passed through a higher end dept. store. I saw the all white "holiday dress" in the fall 1978. I bought the dress for $88 to use for my wedding dress in March. Up to that point I did not know how I was going to find a dress when regular wedding dresses were more expensive. That's when JC Penneys sold wedding dresses form their catalog, but I just didn't really care for any since they did not seem to have much charachter. With minor alterations (shortened sleeves, raising the bottom ruffle to shorten the hem & shortening the front of thew bodice ruffle so you could see the waist) I had a beutiful dress with a sheer panel from a lace nehru collar, deep ruffle edged with lace from shoulder to wiast, sheer inserts on the sleeves and wide cuffs with a row of several pearl buttons on the cuffs and on the back of the dress bodice. I LOVED my dress. It was gauzy white with a small white brighter white tiny flowered print. I made my veil to attach to a little Juliet style cap. My daughter though it too old fashioned when she got married. I was going to cut up the dress to make a chistening gown but my mother had a fit & convinced me not to. I don't know that anyone in my family will ever want to wear imy Gunne Sax dress, but it was so perfect on my wedding day!

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