1975 Oscar de la Renta Printed Metallic Silk Dress w Brass Bell Edging
This dress is exceptional and unique in that is comes with all of its original tags. It's cost in 1975 was $2500USD which would be about $11,000USD in modern terms. If you recognize it from the shop from before you are right and it is the same dress. My client Katherine, pictured here, wore it to a prominent event and has asked me to handle the sale of it for her now. It is in the same perfect condition it was when I had it originally.
The dress has an exotic feel to it created by the combination of the pattern in the silk and the brass bells that edge the dress. The entire dress has a golden, metallic sheen to from the fine gold lurex that runs through the silk. The edges of the dress are finished with a braided gold metal cord. This cording runs around each cuff and down the edge of the skirt and circles the hem. The braiding also goes around the neckline and down the off-set side of the bodice. Where it goes down that one side, there are three high domed filigree buttons that are each finished with a crystal. Hundreds of little brass bells were then hand placed along the loops of the braided edging. These are real bells so every time you move there is a wonderful little sound that all those bells makes. It is very subtle and not overwhelming in anyway, more of a faint rustling sound rather then a true bell ringing kind of sound. It is quite amazing. The skirt has the illusion of being wrapped over itself, but it is attached along the waist. This bit of a overlap creates a slit so you see some leg when you sit or walk. The silk is surprisingly lightweight and fluid. Very exotic in feel and very well made. Excellent condition.
The bodice and sleeves are fully lined in a blue silk satin of high quality and the skirt is unlined. It closes with a back, hidden set metal and nylon zipper. Zips at each cuff. Light padding in each shoulder. Tagged a size 10. The matching, fabric covered belt closes with hook and grommets. All original hang tags are present
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from neck to waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Katherine Parr on Park Ave in NYC.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.