Exceptional 1968 Oscar de la Renta Documented Metallic Silk Brocade Dress w Silver Cording Detail
This gorgeous little Oscar de la Renta is a part of the 1968 collection and its twin a longer yellow silk version is a part of The Museum at Fit's permanent collection. Versions of this dress were made in both lengths and 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. The dress is gorgeous and one of my favourites from all the pieces of his that I have had over the years.
The dress is very beautiful and 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 centre stage. The skirt falls from the waist and widens out slightly as it nears the hem. I love the hidden pockets that are along the side seams of the skirt. The waist is seamed but left more on the open and easy feeling side rather than being severely cinched in. The bodice has simple sleeves and is cut to skim over the body. The fabric is a silk brocade that is a gorgeous mix of soft pastels that are primarily in pinks and a soft yellow in colour. Woven through that is a silver thread that adds a soft metallic shimmer over the entire dress. The front of the bodice is spectacular. It is cut to the waist but caught up with these high elaborate knots made out of silver braiding. Large crystal rhinestones are set into the coils. More silver cording and rhinestones follows the scalloped edges at the front and then more of the same runs around the waist and around the ends of both cuffs. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition with a minor note below
Fully lined in a bright yellow silk with ribbon finished interior seams. It closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. The dress is sewn together where the edges meet down the front centre and the knots closures are decorative only so that you just get a cut out effect there. The dress shows minor patina to some of the cord work and on a tiny part of the fabric near the arm. Please see the two photos after the label shot. The fabric has the slight feel of softness to it from normal patina and aging.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 23" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: 1968 Yellow Lurex Brocade with Silver Oscar De La Renta Evening Dress from The Museum at FIT Collection.
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