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Exceptional Late 1960s Oscar de la Renta Red Silk Dress w Gold & Silver Detailing

This gorgeous little Oscar de la Renta dress is most likely from around 1968. Variations of these highly detailed dresses were made in both long and short lengths and in a several 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 a definite favourite 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 threads that are woven through the deep red silk form 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 the dress 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 way the skirt has those deep pleats at either side. It adds a little extra volume and also some visual interest when you turn to the side. The waist is seamed but left more on the open and easy feeling side rather than being severely cinched in. The bodice has simple cut with no sleeves and is cut to skim over the body. The fabric is a rich silk in a deep red that has a touch of coral colour to it. Woven through that are little floral feeling medallions in a mix of silver and gold metallic thread. These have an slight 3D feel to them and add a soft metallic shimmer over the entire dress. The detailing on the bodice is spectacular. It is all edged with an elaborate gold braiding. Large crystal rhinestones are set into the coils of the braiding and little gold studs are spaced evenly along its length. The braiding runs around the neck, each arm and then details the top and bottom edge of the attached belt that gives you shape at the waist. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a red silk chiffon with additional strips of silk the inner edges. It closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. The belt is attached. Hand finished throughout 

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam, with extra room created by the folds on each side
Length: 35" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3753

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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