1970 Oscar de la Renta Documented Red Print Beach Coat Dress
This has always been a bit of a holy grail for me to find. I have always loved the photo of Jean Shrimpton in this piece and it was not until I actually found it and saw the swimwear part of the Oscar de la Renta label that I did some additional digging into the actual issue of Vogue that it originally appeared in. In the caption there it is described as being a "long beach coat of flame and white print with a deep ruffled hem". I am so incredibly pleased to find this piece after so many years of loving this iconic photo. I would also to note that this apparently had a matching bikini - perhaps a vintage quest for its new owner to take on?
The coat dress is made of a cotton that has an almost canvas like texture to its finish. Onto this is that gorgeous red and white floral print. White plastic buttons run down the front in sharp contrast and these end at the dropped waist seam. beneath this, the coat is open with a curved line from the dropped waist to the hem. The entire front from that dropped waist seam to the hem and all the way around the hem, is detailed with ruffles. The ruffles are made from the same fabric as the rest of the coat dress and I love that print on print feel it gives. The skirt sweeps down the floor and sweeps out behind. The sleeves are cut long and slim. If this was meant for the beach, this is beach wear at it most elevated and glamorous moments. I absolutely love it and to have it documented in one of the most recognizable vintage images out there just makes it even more incredible of a find. Excellent condition
Unlined and buttons from the neck to the dropped waist. If you look t it from the back of the fabric you see a slight yellowing to the white here and there but from the front there is nothing that catches the eye or detracts.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Dropped waist seam: 16.25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 21" from neck to drop waist seam
Skirt: 36" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Jean Shrimpton in Oscar de la Renta for Vogue, 1970. Photo by David Bailey.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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