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Stunning Fall 2006 Oscar de la Renta Runway Gold & Silver Sequin & Bead in Silk Netting Dress
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The twin of this incredible dress was shown for Look 62 on the Fall 2006 runway. This dress is quintessentially Oscar in feel and Vogue agreed with that sentiment with journalist Nicole Phelps saying; 'While other designers flit from one influence to another, Oscar de la Renta has made a four-decade-long career of staying true to his brand of ladylike elegance'. On the runway the dress was styled with long gloves and a wide expanse of black silk tulle wrapped around the neck. Once those styling elements are stripped away you really see how beautiful the lines of the dress are. 2006 was an important year in Oscar's history. This is the same year that Parsons awarded him with the Lifetime Achievement Award at their 58th Annual Benefit and Fashion Show. No matter how gorgeous this dress photoed it can't come close tot he impact it has in person. It is literally covered with sequins from top to bottom and is just mind blowing to see in real life.
This Oscar de la Renta dress is absolutely gorgeous. It is red carpet worthy and would even make an amazing wedding piece for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. The dress is made up of four layers of silk which give it the light floating quality it has. The top layer is a netting that you can see has been completely covered with sequins. Then under that are are three more layers of black silk tulle. The sequins that cover the dress are a mix of silver and gold. They catch the light from every angle and I love the mix of the metals as it gives you endless styling opportunities. All of the sequins are done in different shapes and sizes. They are set to overlap each other and are very tightly spaced over the top part of the dress and then as they run past the hips and down the skirt they start to be spaced further apart so that you get more of a sense of the black netting underneath. It gives it this amazing floating feel. It makes me think of stars and the night sky. Running around the the neckline is a dense band of large gold toned beads and crystals. A smaller band of the same bead and crystal work runs around the opening for each arm. The dress is cut to be fitted to the body to below the hip. from there it flares out dramatically around you in a pouf of skirting. The back is cut longer and fuller for a beautiful sweep of fabric behind you. It is very well made and absolutely stunning in person. Excellent condition.
The inner layers of the black netting act as the lining through the bodice and hips. Below that the skirt is constructed from four layers of silk tulle as described above. It has a back zipper closure and an inner grosgrain waist stay that hooks to close. Tagged a size 2. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam with the inner waist stay hooked, 13" of left unhooked
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from shoulder to front hem, 72" to back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2006 Oscar De La Renta Runway Collection, Look 62. Model: Emina Cunmulaj.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.