1980s Oscar de la Renta Green Silk Blue Trim Caftan Dress or Evening Coat
This is a beautiful caftan dress or cover up by Oscar de la Renta. Caftans were a common theme for his summer collections, especially in the 1980s. They were easy to wear and ones like this one where made to cover a variety of occasions from casual entertaining to being used for less formal evening wear. It is a classic and easy feeling piece that still feels fresh and fabulous now.
In the late seventies and into the eighties caftan fever was at an all time high and many of the top designers of the day designed options for their clients who wanted the look but still wanted to wear their favourite brand name. This one is a great example of that is it is gorgeous. Oscar was a master with cut and colour and this has both. It can be worn for a few different functions. It completely unbuttons down the front so you can wear it layered over other pieces to act as an ultra light evening coat. It is perfect to be worn as a chic day or evening dress if you dare to wear it alone with the high front slit. And that high front slit lets you pop it over a pant for a chic evening pajama set. So versatile! It is made out of a feather light silk. Think fine silk scarf as far as the weight goes. The means that it floats and flows around you when you move or the slightest breeze hits it. The silk has a secondary pattern woven through it and the colour is a fresh soft lime green that pops. For contrast he used a blue cord embroidery to edge the neck, run around the arm openings and trail down the front. There is more cording at each cuff and I love that the buttons at the cuffs and the front are also made from this cord. It is very simple in cut. You slip it on and it has a scooped neckline at the front. The sleeves are long and taper down to the wrist slightly. The shoulder has a very light padding along their edges for shape and then it falls in a sheath to the floor widening out gently as it nears the hem. When you are standing still it settles perfectly about you but when you move you really get the sense of movement because of the slit at the front. This is a really fabulous and wearable piece. Excellent condition
Unlined and buttons down the front and at each cuff. Light padding at the outer edge of each shoulder. The easy cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes
Sleeves: 23.5" long and 15" around the upper arm
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from shoulder to hem
Slit: 33" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
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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