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Dreamiest Spring 2005 Oscar de la Renta Runway Print Silk Chiffon Caftan Dress W Beaded Detailing

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This is one of the prettiest Oscar dresses I have ever had in the shop and I love it. The movement it has when it is on and you walk is just incredible. It is a piece that was produced for the shops and you can see that it is a combination of the two looks that walk the runway that season for Looks 21 and 22. I have included photos of those here so you can get an idea of how wonderful it will be on the body. I am kind of obsessed with it. In the review of the show Vogue's Janet Ozzard said in part "Whether or not you live the life that demands an Oscar de la Renta wardrobe, his collections are a delight to the eyes: flawlessly executed, poised and urbane, with just the right balance of mature charm and youthful exuberance"... and for these wonderful chiffon pieces she noted that "Tropical climates are second nature to him, and that shows in his deep, rich hues: chocolate, red, orange, and pink, played off white, navy, and beige." It is just the prettiest and I think it might be one of my favourite Oscar pieces that I have had in the shop.

The dress is made from a single layer of that pretty printed silk chiffon through the bodice and sleeves and then the skirt stacks two layers of the printed chiffon over top of each other. There is a slit keyhole that runs from the neckline to the top of the band at the waist at both the front and back and each closes with the button at the neckline. The neckline is set slightly wide across your shoulders and the sleeves extend out from the shoulders at the top and then from the top of the band at the waist. This makes them very wide and full. It is really what gives it that slightly caftan feel that the dress has. I love it. A wide band circles your waist and it has been heavily embellished with metal thread, beads in various sizes and colours, along with prong set rhinestones. The embellishment is fantastic and it wraps all the way around you to add a beautiful detailing to the dress. The skirt flows to the floor under that with a high slit up the front that allows some leg to show when you walk. There is quite a lot of fabric in the skirt. It is all softly gathered into the waist and then falls outwards to the floor. The lightness of the chiffon allows it to float and billow around you as you walk and move. It is spectacular. I love how the front of the dress has that strong band of colour that runs down its front for an extra pop. It is an extraordinary piece. Excellent condition.

The bodice and sleeves are unlined and the skirt is a double layer of the silk chiffon as described above. It closes with a series of hook & eye and snaps from the top of the band of the waist downwards at the back. There is a button at the top of the keyhole on both the front and back. The back button looks like a replacement. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. The easy cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes

Sleeves: approx 27" 
Shoulders: no true defined seam
Bust: no true defined seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 13.5" from top of shoulder to top of the 4.5" band at the waist
Total Length: " from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4748

Reference Photos: (1) Spring 2005 Oscar de la Renta Look 21. Model Julia Stegner.  /  (2) Spring 2005 Oscar de la Renta Look 22. Model Cintia Dicker.

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