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1972 Oscar de la Renta Vogue Documeted Yellow & Blue Silk Kimono Inspired Dress

A version of this dress in a different colourway was photoed for Vogue in 1972. This same dress was also worn by Samantha Angelo when she attended the Paris fashion shows. Having these as reference photos gives you a great idea of just how gorgeous the dress is once on.

If you are a long time Oscar de la Renta fan you probably recognized this as one of his pieces right away. It is one of his most stunning dresses with its beautiful combination of blue and yellow. The silk that he chose for the dress is as light as a feather. It is a ribbon weave silk made from a scarf weight silk chiffon that is woven through with thick bands of a more opaque silk. This leaves areas that are more transparent then others and also effects the depth of the colour. That stunning blue on the bright yellow give it a fine hand painted china effect and the frog knots and side button details add to his homage to the far east. The bodice is cut high with a banded collar at the neckline. It is cut to skim over the bust to the seamed waist. The sleeves are cut wide and full to billow softly above the wrist. They are unlined so you get a subtle glimpse of skin through the more transparent bands on them. The skirt falls to about midi length and I love the effect of the chiffon over an inner silk lining. Starting on one shoulder and running offset down the front are a series of silk covered buttons set in a tightly spaced row. These line up perfectly with the huge frog knots on the belt that cinches in the waist. The belt is very wide and is made of the same silk as the dress. Great condition with note to review below

Fully lined with a yellow silk and closes with a back, hand set metal zipper with hook and eye at the neck. The belt is attached and closes with the frog knots as show. There is a small discolouration on the upper sleeve and a very faint one on the front above the belt. See the last two product photos. The dress is unlabeled. Hand finishes

Sleeves: 20"
Shoulders: 13"
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from neck to waist
Skirt: 35.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2355

Reference Photos: (1) Samantha Angelo  /  (2) Vogue, Feb 1972.

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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