c1978-1980 Early OMO Norma Kamali Dress & Bolero
Norma Kamali opened her OMO shop in 1978 and I believe this to be one of the early labels from that before she moved to the non-italic script versions. It is not 100% perfect but such a early and representative piece form that time period of her work that it had to go into the shop for her fans and collectors to have access to. Off the hanger the dress looks incredibly tiny but the T-short like fabric allows it a lot of stretch and it easily for on my mannequin. The dress is strapless and done in a brilliant red. The bodice is gathered and fits like a glove to the waist and then it flares out to form a hip peplum. Under that is a second layer of jersey that acts as the lining and support for the bodice and also is a full fitted dress to the knee. I love the exaggerated and dramatic lines of the hip flare on that top tier. Over this is a tiny fitted bolero that is just curved fabric with sleeves, huge round padded shoulders and a collar. Really well done and the photos don't do it full justice at all. Present as excellent condition with notes to read below
Both pieces are unlined and slip on with no closures. The dress looks incredibly tiny off the body but does stretch quit a bit. The bolero has various storage marks on it - they are dark smudges. I have photoed the worst of them. It is still wearable as is but these are there. The T-short fabric shows a tiny amount of patina from being washed.
Sleeves: 17" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Length: 18" from neck to hem
Bust: Will stretch to about a 34-35" bust max and fit anything under that
Waist: 12-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from top of waist to 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.