c.1973 Oscar de la Renta Metallic Silk Brocade Off Shoulder Dress
The Oscar de La Renta boutique label appeared from 1967 and this is one of the earlier versions of that labels making it land somewhere around the turn of 1970s as far as dating goes. I have had versions of this in the shop before and it is always thrilling to find another and this time I had two and each is a different size! Note that only one is left and the measurements below is for the size now available
The dress is very beautiful and is an absolute knock out once on. It is also very representative of his work during this time period. The fabric is quite exceptional and the silk metallic brocade forms a stunning design that runs from shoulder to hem. The fabric is lighter in weight then you would think at first glance. It is heavy enough to hold and retain the shape that he desired it to have but is still light enough so that it feels easy and comfortable to wear. It has a very regal and refined feel to it and it perfectly sums up Oscar's love of opulence mixed with elegance and restraint. The cut is kept simple to allow that stunning fabric to take center stage. The skirt falls from the waist and widens out as it nears the hem. I love the hidden pockets that are along the side seams of the skirt. The original belt is present so you can cinch in the waist as required to add a nice nipped waist and feminine touch. The neckline has elastic running through it so you can wear the sleeves off shoulder. Each cuff is ringed with a deep sable, mink cuff. If you are opposed to wearing fur it would be a simple task to un-tack them from the sleeves and wear it without the cuffs. The sleeves are properly finished underneath the cuffs and removing them would be done regularly anyway whenever it was cleaned over the years. The fabric is amazing - gold threads mix with chocolates and a deep red coral create a stunning design. It has a subtle 3D effect and the raised parts of the add another dimension to the design. It's an amazing piece. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a light taupe silk and closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. The original slip buckle belt is present.The individual measurements for each are listed below. Note that the belt for the smaller dress has stiffened inside. It is other wise perfectly fine. Both dresses appear to have never been worn, or worn very little
Available Dress #2
Bust: 18-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem, with at least 3" available inside the hem if you need longer
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs, fur trimmed & feather pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. All fur coats, fur trimmed & feather pieces are final sale
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.