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1980s Oscar De La Renta Silk Ball Gown

This gown epitomizes the opulence and decadence of the eighties and is also an amazingly constructed piece! Oscar De La Renta pulled out the stops in the creation of this piece. Made of a self patterned silk brocade in three tones of jeweled colors in a beautiful combination of a deep raspberry, a royal purple and a luxe emerald green. The bodice that sits between and separates these three colors is completely an fully beaded and covered with gold metallic thread. It acts almost like a plate of armour but is supple and easy to move in. Onto the metallic thread are chenille florets, sequins and bead work - all hand done. The skirt is very full and has underskirts set to keep the full shape. Each shoulder is dramatic and bold with netting hand sewn into place to create and hold the fullness. The sleeves are cut leg of mutton style giving the gown a Renaissance feel. It is beautifully made and wonderfully extravagant! Excellent condition.

Shoulders: 14"
Sleeves: 26"
Bust: approx 16" flat across but there are no true side seams because of the cut of the arms
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 13" from neck to top of waist band
Band: 5"
Skirt: 39" from bottom of the waist band to hem

The top is fully lined in a purple silk and the skirt is lined in a green silk organza with an additional silk skirt inside. This inner skirt finishes with a ruffled hem that has a 3" panel of horse hair dressmakers tape to give it some weight and structure. The sleeves are lines in a silk organza with nylon netting at the top of each shoulder to help achieve the fullness you see. It closes at the back with a hidden zipper and hook & eye at the top of the neck. Each sleeve closes with a hidden set zipper and has a row of tightly spaced fabric covered decorative buttons. Some of the braiding edging detailing has come loose here and there - I have gone over it but I mention this in case I missed a stitch or two.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# DD1019

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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