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Fall 1981 Oscar de la Renta Blue Silk & Velvet Applique Dress w Pouf Sleeves

This beautiful and regal feeling gown by Oscar de la Renta is even better in real life. I love the combination of the deep blue grey silk taffeta with the black velvet applique work over it and those spectacular sleeves. The neckline is scooped at the front and the black silk velvet bodice is cut to hug the bust and waist. The waist nips in with seaming to shape it inwards. The skirt flares out from just under the seam at the low waist in a beautiful curve of volume. Through the interior there is the addition of a stiffened fabric added all the way around the o]upper part of the skirt. This keeps that sculptural, shelf effect that you see, and hold the shape when you move so that exaggerated hourglass feel is kept from all angles. To showcase this part of the dress even more, the panel of silk at the top of the skirt gradually forms into hand placed applique work. These velvet applique trail down and circle the upper part of the skirt. The skirt has its own interior layers of silk and tulle lining and I used no additional crinolines to achieve the shape that you see. The sleeves are the perfect  dramatic finishing detail to balance the skirt. Each is cut with an elastic at the cuff and are a huge, tremendously full pouf above. A finish of the same applique that you see on the skirt circle each of the sleeves for the perfect finish and balance. It is absolutely gorgeous. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a fine black silk through the bodice and a silk organza through the sleeves. The skirt is interlined in a black silk organza with an interior silk organza lining that has horse hair bands around the hip portion of this inner skirting. It closes with a back zipper. Each sleeve has an elastic finish Beautifully finished and appears unworn.

Sleeves: 17"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 60" from natural neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2838

Reference Photos: Fall 1981 Oscar de la Renta Runway.

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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