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Amazing c.1967 Oscar de la Renta Gold Metallic Brocade Jumpsuit w Extensive Detailing
This gorgeous little Oscar de la Renta would be from the 1967-68 collection. I have had similar examples in this type of brocade that he favoured during this time period in the shop in the past and I've included a dress example here from a recent exhibit of his work that has the same similar fabric. He used this fabric freely throughout the 1967 and 1968 collections in particular and we often see his use of it in a couple of different colour ways. The label in the dress identifies it as being a part of his earliest main line. When Oscar De la Renta first started his career he began a partnership with the fashion house of Jane Derby in 1965. Jane Derby died shortly after and in 1966 the first labels that bore only the Oscar de la Renta name appeared. That makes this a very early example of his higher end work. It is gorgeous.
This jumpsuit is an absolute knock out once on. It is also very representative of his work during this time period. The fabric is quite exceptional and the silk metallic brocade forms a stunning design that runs from shoulder to hem. The fabric is lighter in weight then you would think at first glance. It is heavy enough to hold and retain the shape that he desired it to have but is still light enough so that it feels easy and comfortable to wear. It has a very refined feel to it but it feels youthful and fresh at the same time. It perfectly sums up Oscar's love of opulence mixed with the exuberance of the decade. The cut is kept simple to allow that stunning fabric to take center stage. The pants falls from the slightly high set waist. They skim over the hips and there are hidden set pockets on either side. They widen out to be extremely wide by the time they reach the hem. Each leg is a full 34 inches around by the time they hit the hem. The waist is seamed but left more on the open and easy feeling side rather than being severely cinched in. The sleeves are cut straight and wide to just pass the elbow. The bodice is cut to skim over the body. The fabric is a silk brocade that is a gorgeous mix of pink, corals and a soft yellow. Woven through that is a muted gold thread that adds a soft metallic shimmer over the entire dress. The thread is set in swirling designs that sit on top of the swirling pattern underneath. The effect is amazing. The bodice detail is spectacular. Bands of a gold metallic lace are laid over the bodice in vertical rows and then horizontally around the waist and collar. Large pink and orange crystal rhinestones are set onto that along with metallic embroidery. It closes down the front with hook and eye and then a zipper under the waist. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition with a minor note below
Fully lined in a bright yellow silk with ribbon finished interior seams. It closes in the front with hook and eye to the waist and a painted metal zipper under that. Pockets on each hip. There is a bit of a mark on the fabric on the back of one arm. It gets lost on the pattern but mentioned for accuracy. Please see the photo after the label shot. There are some minor repairs to the lining near the shoulder and neck and zipper sticks but is original and functional so I left it as is.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from shoulder to waist
Pants: 38" from waist to hem with 3" turned under
Back neck to inner seam of legs: 31"
Back waist to inner seam of legs: 15.t"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Oscar de la Renta, Evening Dress, fall 1967, synthetic matelassé with rhinestone, bead, and sequin embroidery from the The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2018.
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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