Clothes of the Eighties, Gunny Sack Dresses
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Sex: Female
Type of clothing: Dress
When it was popular: 1980 - Late 80's
Description: A wide variety of dresses. Some Tea Length some long. Usually bought for the Prom or some other High School Dance. (Special Occasions)
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Rebecca - February 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved my Gunny Sax dress. It was so feminine and beautiful. I loved the buttons that went all the way down the front. It was the nicest thing I owned in high school.
Doug Dotson - June 15, 2008 - Report this comment
When my ex-wife and I lived in Oakland, CA in the late 70's, she bought a few pieces of Gunny Sack clothing. The one that I remember most was a sheer blouse that was a tanned flesh color that showed off her beautiful hour-glass figure. I have only seen a couple of Gunny Sack dresses since I moved from California but everything that I have seen, I have considered about the most beautiful and dainty of women clothing.
Michaela Young - July 16, 2008 - Report this comment
my mom bought those when she was in 8th grade cause she wanted to dress like sandy from greese!lol
Cynthia - September 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a lot of Gunny Sax dresses - I loved them. I used to buy them and also the 1928 jewelry...the two went together really well. They were so feminine! I wish I knew of some place where you can buy the clothing. I know you can buy the jewelry on Amazon.
oughtm11 - September 10, 2008 - Report this comment
My Jessica McClintock. Oh what fond memories. I just loved that dress!
christy vincent - January 02, 2009 - Report this comment
where in the bay area is a store so i can go there i have herd so much good stuff about them???????please email me if you know jay707vjo@aol.com
Bonnie - January 11, 2009 - Report this comment
My daughter, a High School Senior, pulled a late 70's Gunny Sack out of the closet. She was laughing at it and then tried it on and fell in love with it.
Angela - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was a kid, I remember my mom talking about Gunny Sax in hushed tones like it was the best clothes in the world. I could have cared less though, I was into bright Esprit stuff.
teri lyn vik - January 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I had this green, lace up, cleavage enhancing dress that was gorgeous. At Foothill College Theatre, I altered it into a wench costume. Last year, while at Hempfest 2008 in Seattle I saw the exact dress on s street performer. I giggled to myself remembering how much better I filled out that dress in 1974!
Debbie - January 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I got married in a gunny sax sundress. I threw away all the pics when I divorced in 89 though. Too bad, would have been cool to post.
Michele - February 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow...I live in the dark. I had two Gunny Sax dressing, one for 8th grade graduation and the other for a high school dance. Here I am trying to find a dress for my step daughters prom and I thought they were still making them. Darn!
fran76 - April 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I got one & wore it to church & then started wearing it all summe rlong with dainty sandles..
Rebekah - April 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I owned three of these. One was from the mid seventies the others were bought in the early eighties. I still own two one has been passed down to my nieces. I also had several patterns and I have found a couple more at garage sales and thrift stores. I even found a couple of children's Gunne Sax patterns I'm making some outfits for my great nieces for the holidays. It's wonderful to share beautiful FEMININE clothing with them.
jmc - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I went to a private Baptist High Scool in the 80s and it was the dress you had to have. We were required to wear dresses every day. If you didn't own one you were in the out crowd. I made my own since the cost was beyond my parents budget.
Betsy - September 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I had one of these my freshman year in college -- it was black and had 3/4 length lace sleeves that fit tight around your arm. I wore it to my 5 year class reunion!
Cryslynn - September 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I owned a closet full of these I was in love with the dresses my 7th and 8th grade year . My fav one was dark burgandy it had a square neck quarter puff sleeves and was tea length. I wore them all the time to church and school.!!! Wow awsome memories!!
Jamie - October 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Warm and fuzzy....These dresses bring back great memories!! I was a Rainbow Girl in the early 80's and lived in a small town (Sequim Wa). Gunny Sack dresses were the dress to have back then and they were truly "pretty". I loved mine and I wish my mom wouldn’t have sold it a garage sale. Oh well...I have the memory of the "sack" :-) Jamie
Deb - October 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore my Gunne Sax (cream color) to the Prom and I am SO SO SO GLAD I KEPT IT! I still have it and it's beautiful as ever, very good quality those dresses were. I'd post a photo if I knew how to do it. Mine was long sleeved, high collar, tiny buttons, big ruffle around the bottom tail of the full length skirt. A sash around the waist that tied in the back. Big lace ruffles that came to a "V" on the bodice. Yep, Gunne Sax were gorgeous!
emma - November 12, 2009 - Report this comment
where do I find gunny sack clothes from the 80's
Phyllis-Nocona, Texas - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I am sitting here with a 30 year old friend who wore ginne sax and I am 63 and wore those beautiful blouses....we werewondering...will they ever come back ? !
Jen - December 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I have four Gunne Sax dresses currently in my closet. One was purchased for my 8th grade graduation in 1988 and the other three were purchased for the proms I attended in 1990, 1991, and 1992. I was never into this brand, but I grew up in a single parent household and my great-aunt bought all four of my dresses for me. Gunne Sax was her thing, but I never said a word. I was just grateful I was getting something new to wear. I should upload pix of these dresses.
Lisa Koffler - January 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Some of the girls at my school wore them!
Ro - February 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I graduated in 1978 wearing a beautiful Gunne Sax dress. My daughter surprised me in 2007 when she wore it for her graduation. I was also married in one in 1981, but unfortunatley it is too small for my daughters wedding in 2011.
Linda - August 05, 2011 - Report this comment
My sister and I had several of these long gunne sax dresses. We wore them to church for years. I think we got most of them at the Limited.
Linda - August 05, 2011 - Report this comment
We bought most of our Gunne Sax dresses in the mid to late 70's. We loved them and would drive all over town to find a new style. My sister and I wore them to church and to school dances. We moved onto more disco styles by about 1979 when I graduated HS.
Bernadette - September 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Wore a cream gunne sax to my prom in 1982. Two piece with high collar.
shelley - October 12, 2011 - Report this comment
fond memories of brand my weddind dress was white satin gunne sax dress from gimbals 100.00 also had a even had a train only alteration put bottons on back to bussel the train who needed thousand dollar wedding dress
Barbara - February 02, 2012 - Report this comment
1980's? I bought mine in 1969 or 1970. I couldn't get the style I wanted because I wear a large size. I didn't wear it till my wedding in 1983, but by then I had to alter it to make it fit. It has since gotten lost. I wore a dress that I designed to my prom. I wanted one like the one your sister is wearing. I fell in love with the style from movies long before Gunne Sacks existed. I have tried since to get the style from edwardian patterns but GS is better I have a GS pattern but haven't used it yet.
Rachel - February 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I also got married wearing a Gunny Sack dress it was cream & light blue, high at the neck,fitted at waist, long sleeves with delicate buttons on cuffs& back of dress,came down to my ankles I felt so beautiful wearing my Gunny Sack wedding dress back in 1982.
Lauren - April 04, 2012 - Report this comment
Knock-offs were utterly humiliating, so I almost choked when, for my birthday in '81, I unwrapped my real Gunne Sax dress and Cherokee wedge sandals. They made this 7th grade nerd feel like a million bucks. Thanks Mom and Dad.
Delores Smith - April 19, 2012 - Report this comment
We purchased our daughter a gorgeous Gunne Sax dress in the Gunne store in Albuquerque for her senior prom in 1984. Her daughter found it in my closet last week. My daughter was quite thin and the dress fit her beautifully! It is cream satin with puffed sleeves that stop above the elbow, a round neckline ending right at breast line with gathers and little bows and is fitted to the waist then layers of satin and lace gathers everywhere. She wore it over a hoop skirt that was bought with it. It is as beautiful today as the day we purchased it. She remembers a Gunne Sax store in the mall. It was THE dress to have for prom and I wish I could remember the cost. Finding this dress brings back a beautiful memory and I'm glad the Gunne Sax dresses are still out there.
Saundra Romero - February 11, 2013 - Report this comment
I have a lovely late-70s Gunne Sax tea length pink sundress. Simple yet elegant. Perhaps my granddaughter or her daughter will find it one day and enjoy it as much as I have.

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