c1965-69 Lavender & Silver Beaded Oscar de la Renta Dress
Oscar De la Renta worked for Jane Derby in 1965 before buying the company in 1969 and changing it to his own label. That gives us a precise 4 year window in which to date this in and also means it is from the very beginning of his career - prior to Jane Derby he was working under and for other labels but not doing his own accredited design work. The dress is amazing and I am absolutely besotted with it. I have actually had this identical dress in blue in the shop before but had never seen this color version before finding this one. I love the shape and cut - it is so simple but the detailing and heavy embellishment are so fabulous that you cant help but be drawn to it. The fabric is a silver and lavender silk brocade and the silver has been woven through the fabric so that series of silver dots adorn the entire surface of the dress. The neckline is a deep V with a wide band of silver cording, pearls and rhinestones that follow the V of the neck and then circle around the waist. The same extraordinary detailing circles the hem with this same detailing. The photos do not come close to doing it justice - it is even more spectacular in person. A fabulous, very early Oscar De La Renta piece. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a pale lavender silk and closes with a side painted metal zipper and hook and eye across one shoulder. Built in bust cups that could easily be removed (I don't think they are original to the dress). Perhaps the teeniest tiniest edge of fading under one arm but its very light and I am being very picky. It does not detract at all when on.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from shoulder to bottom of detailing at the waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.