Unworn c1975 Oscar de la Renta Silk Metallic Dress with Bells
This dress is not only exceptional, it is a dress that feels like it has walked through a time capsule as it still bears all its original tags. This has the added bonus of providing us with the RN number which gives us a date of approximately 1975 for this beauty. It cost $2500 at that time which translates to a price tag of about $11,000 in current dollars.
This fabulous maxi dress has an exotic and beautiful pattern that has a gold lame thread woven through the silk. Oscar then took that stunning fabric and made it pop even more with the addition of a braided gold metal thread edging that runs down the edge of the skirt and around the hem. It also circles the neckline and edges the overlap there as well as circles each cuff. Huge crystal domes buttons also sit along the detailing on the bodice. Perhaps most astonishing is the addition of hundreds of little brass bells that are hand placed into all the braiding. These are real bells so every time you move there is a wonderful little sound hat all those bells makes. Its amazing. The skirt cascades to the floor and appears to wrap around itself though it is all attached and secure. I love the offset feel tot he top that continues the illusion of a wrap dress. The silk chiffon is lightweight and the fabric really allows the skirt to swirl around you as you move. It has a slim cut matching belt that you can use to cinch in the waist for more shape. Everything about it is extraordinary and it is very beautiful and a real testament to the work Oscar was doing during this time period. 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 belt is in excellent shape and closes with hook and grommets. It has all its original hang tags and has never been worn.
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
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.