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1980s Oscar De La Renta Black Silk Taffeta Dropped Waist Full Skirt Dress w Button Back

This is a very pretty 1980s Oscar de la Renta dress that is not 100% perfect but still has lots of life to it. It has a a pretty silhouetted that I love. A women actually reached out and donated this one to me hoping that it could find a great home and I will in turn donate the proceeds from it once it sells. So it is a great little dress and will do an extra dose of goodness after it finds its new forever home too.

The dress is made from a pretty black silk taffeta that helps to hold the shape and volume through the skirt that you see. The bodice has an almost squared off feel to it with a straight across neckline at both the back and the front. It is cut to skim over the body and widens out slightly as it nears the waist line. The waist itself is dropped low to just about the top of the hips and this play on proportion gives the dress a touch of an unusual feel but without needing anything extra in terms of ornamentation. At the back it buttons up with a series of silk covered buttons for a subtle bit of detailing. The skirt is set into the dropped waist seam in a series of soft gathers and then is quite full under that. It falls to just above the ankles so that you will see your shoes peek out from under it and that length perfectly suits this silhouette. The skirt has a second layer of silk organza under it to help hold the shape and volume. What makes it not perfect is that it looks to have been washed and this has given the fabric a slightly faded feel and some of the edges have lightened and faded a touch. It is still completely wearable and with all the variations of things out there nowadays it doesn't necessarily feel like a flaw. Great overall condition but please read the full description.  

Fully lined in a silk organza. It closes at the back with a row of silk covered buttons. It has the appearance of having been washed. The very top button is different from the rest. Someone let out the seams on both sides of the dress and you can see the faint stitch marks. Please see the last photo. It is cut on the boas so has some stretch 

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam across the top hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 21.5" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 34" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD3600

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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