1980s Oscar de la Renta Sequin Detailed Trained Floral Silk Chiffon Dress
This dress beautifully showcases the genius of Oscar de la Renta and the work that he was doing in this time period. The attention to detail alone is fabulous. The dress has a beautiful elegance to it and is quite striking. This sense of refinement is a constant in Oscar's work and I particularly love the earlier examples of it. You can see how many of the elements in this dress are a reflection of the standards he adhered to for his entire career and body of work.
The dress is made from a semi-sheer silk chiffon in a deep dusky pink with a floral print screened over the surface. Through the body is a built in under dress done in two layers of a nude silk chiffon and this falls to just above the knees. This play on the sheerness allows the design that runs over the chiffon to have a different feel as it runs over you. Over the floral design of the silk is an intricate pattern that is made from sequins. The sequins are placed in two ways... some are placed flat side by side and then in other areas they are overlapped to form perfect little curved rows. This changes how they catch the light and adds even more texture and gives the entire dress its subtle glint. The bodice is cut to skim over the body and each sleeve is long, slim and left unlined for a touch of transparency. The shoulders have light padding to hold the shape and give the upper part of the dress a touch of formality. The skirt is fantastic and it flows to the floor, gradually widening out a touch as it nears the hem. At the back it continues to extend out into a modified train for the perfect dramatic finish. It is a beautiful example of his work during this time period. Excellent condition with a minor note below.
Lined to the knee with two layers of built in nude silk chiffon. The sleeves are left unlined. It closes at the back along one side with a hidden set zipper. Tiny padding in each shoulder - just enough to support that little cap. Hand finished throughout. I see a small repair on each of the seams where the train is set onto the dress and another near the hem of the back train. Please see the three photos following the label shot. Tagged a US4
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from top of shoulder to front hem and 72" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.