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Beautiful 1980s Oscar de la Renta Metallic Fused Velvet on Silk Chiffon Dress w Balloon Sleeves

I had a dress similar to this in the past and I think I love it even more this time around. It is a beautiful example of the genius of Mr. de la Renta's work and his attention to detail. It has a beautiful elegance to it and is quite striking. This sense of refinement is a constant in Oscar's work and I particularly love these earlier examples of that aesthetic. You can see how many of the elements you see in pieces like this were carried forward through his entire body of work.

The dress is made from a sheer brown silk chiffon with a built in under-dress done in a lightweight brown silk chiffon. This gives the dress a touch of sheerness while keeping it wearable. It also allows the design that runs over the top layer of chiffon to have more of an impact because of that transparency on the top layer. The pattern on the outer fabric is made from bits of silk velvet that have been fused to the chiffon. The pattern this creates is scattered over the entire dress. The velvet buts themselves are quite fascinating. Depending on how the pile of the velvet is sitting, it looks to be either a deep charcoal grey or more taupe grey colour. Stitched in and around the velvet parts is a deep reddish copper metallic thread that gives the entire dress its subtle glint. The sleeves are incredible. They are unlined and they are incredibly full so that they pouf out above the cuffs. The bodice is cut to skim over you and then is brought in so that it blouses up and over the seam at the waist. The waist has elastic running through it so it is incredibly easy to wear. The skirt falls to the floor from there. The shape is fairly long and slim with just a touch of widening out at the hem for a lean silhouette. At the back there is an open keyhole from the hook at the back of the neck to the hooks that run up from the waist to cover the inner lining. I love this little unexpected and subtle flash of skin. It is a beautiful example of his work during this time period. Excellent condition.

Fully lined with an inner built in dress made of a nude and black silk chiffon stacked on top of each other. The sleeves are unlined. The inner dress closes at the back with a hand set snaps. The outer fabric snaps and hooks over that. Elastic through the waist and each cuff has elastic. Hand finished throughout. In its original uncut length. It looks to have been worn very little if at all

Sleeves: 26" and they are 26" around the upper arm
Shoulders: 15"
Inner bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Elastic waist: 13-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 16" from top of shoulder to waist. The elastic at the waist will let you wear it up or down a bit as needed.
Total length: 64" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD4764

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