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Fabulous Fall 1979 Oscar de la Renta Runway Rhinestone Detailed Velvet Strapless Dress

It is almost a miracle to find runway confirmation from address in the late 1970s by Oscar de la Renta. Photos of those shows during this time. Are not as readily available so whenever I can actually date of peace and have a runway confirmation it's very exciting. I also love that having that photo shows just how fabulous this dress is on the body because it's gorgeous as it looks on the dress form it's only really going to come to life once it's on. It's truly one of my favourite little Oscar dresses I've ever had in the shop.

This is such a gorgeous dress. It's made out of an inky black velvet that has bright little coloured rhinestones that are set in groups of two and then scattered over the entire dress. Each little cluster has been hand sewn into place. The way these catch the light as you move is just gorgeous. It also gives the dress this incredibly festive feel and elevates what would otherwise just be a normal little black dress. Inside there is a full built in cupped corset to hold the dress perfectly in place when it's on. It is cut to fit more snuggly to your bodice and then drops to a seam set just across the top of your hips. The skirt flares out from there and widens out a bit as it nears the ham. It's very flattering because it shows off your body but it's not skin tight everywhere. I love the wide grosgrain ribbon bow that sits at the center of the neckline. It's just this perfect little detail that Oscar excelled at. The dress is gorgeous and a favorite. Excellent condition with a small note below

Fully lined in a black silk and has a full built in cupped corset that is boned and closes with hook & eye at the back. It closes with a back zipper over that. I see two areas on the back where the velvet has flattened slightly and catches the light a little differently. One is near the zipper and the other on the skirt below that. Please see the photos after the label shot. If you change the inner corset or remove that you could probably get it at least another inch through the bust and the waist

Inner bust: 15-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 30" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4153

Reference Photos: Fall 1979 Oscar de la Renta Runway. Model: Kirat.

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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