A/W 2013 Oscar De La Renta Runway Sculptural Purple Silk Dress
This is an interesting dress for several reasons. 2013 marked Oscar's 50th year and of course, we know that we lost him in 2014 making this one of his final collections. It is also the only collection that he had John Galliano come in to work with him on as Galliano made his way back into the fashion world. At the time rumours were swirling that Galliano was being tested to take over the house but that of course did not transpire and thought it was acknowledged that he had worked on the collection he did not make an appearance during the runway presentation. Nicole Phelps said of this collection for her Vogue review: "Oscar de la Renta made headlines last month when he invited John Galliano to be a designer-in-residence at his studio for three weeks. It wasn't long after the news broke that people began wondering if the disgraced former Dior designer would be working on de la Renta's Fall collection. We got our answer tonight. De la Renta came out for his bow, as he always does, but Galliano was in the building. When his PR chief was asked if Galliano had worked on the collection, she demurred, saying, "Well, he is backstage." There was that, and then there were the clothes themselves. Certain looks seemed very much to bear the Englishman's hand, especially the opening jackets with their draped necklines and flaring hips; there was something of Dior's classic Bar silhouette in them."
The dress is made out of a purple silk and is cut with an almost sculptural line and the bodice is shaped to curve over the body to create an hour glass shape. The front and back plunge into a quite low V and the shoulders are cut wide so that the waist appears even smaller. The fabric is gathered and draped from the rounded shoulders and down into the nipped in waist. Below the waist the hips flare out beautifully. The skirt is set under the top and flows to the floor. It hugs the hips and flares out as it reaches the hem for one final beautiful curve. At the back it flares out and is cut a little longer for a slight trained effect. from the side this creates another set of curves from tip to bottom. No matter what angle you see the dress at all your curves are shown off to the maximum. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a purple silk and closes with a back hidden set zipper. Tagged a modern ODLR 10 but please check measurements as it is cut smaller. It appears to have never been worn. This was priced well over $10,000 new
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from shoulder to top seam on waist + 2.75" band
Skirt: 45" from lower seam at waist to front hem, 50" to back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) A/W 2013 Oscar De La Renta, Look 43. Model: Codie Young. / (2-4) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.
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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