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Fabulous Fall 2015 Oscar de la Renta Runway Look 51 Black & White Strapless Dress

The exact twin of this dress, with an optional belt at the waist, was shown on the Fall runway in 2015 for Look 51. In Vogue's review of the collection journalist Nicole Phelps noted the new guard that the brand was under that season saying; 'Tonight was the night. Peter Copping, Oscar de la Renta's handpicked successor, made his runway debut....De la Renta and Copping were to have worked side by side, but de la Renta's death, just days after Copping was appointed last October, prevented that. Copping left a type-written note on each seat: "I am immensely proud to have been chosen as the creative director of Oscar de la Renta," he began. "Unfortunately things did not go according to our plans and I never had the chance to work with Oscar, which is something I deeply regret." ... Copping had just three months to put together the collection, significantly less time than he's used to. Those challenges aside, he did a fine job honoring de la Renta and the house that he has inherited.' This is one of the final gowns of the show and is utterly beautiful. We of course know that staying at ODLR was not in the cards for Peter but it is still always a good thing to have a piece from a debut collection and a piece of a brand's history and legacy.

This Oscar de la Renta dress is stunning. It is red carpet worthy and would even make an amazing wedding piece for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. It is in fabulous condition and has never been worn. It still has its original hang tag attached even. The dress builds on Oscar's legacy and stays true to the houses aesthetic. It combines an open lace bodice that tops a silk chiffon skirt. The bodice is cut to be very fitted to the body from the top of the strapless neckline to where it ends under the hips. The bust is strapless and fitted. It is cut to dip down a touch at the back. The upper back is left bare. It tightly hugs the body, curving in at the waist, and then skims your hips. The seaming to create that beautiful shape is all hidden and this shape gives the the dress a sense of added length. It is made from a black crocheted feeling lace that is done in a floral pattern. This lies over a white silk base so that the pattern of the flowers absolutely pops. The silk under the lace has the texture of a grosgrain ribbon and this adds a touch more depth. It has a full built in boned corset inside the bodice so you don't have to worry about additional underpinnings. There are also full built in underskirts for the low set skirt that sits under the elongated bodice. The skirt flows directly out from the bottom of the bodice and has an insane amount of volume. There is a wide inner band of stiffened netting that circles the hem to help hold the skirt up and keep the shape. It is made out of silk tulle, a silk organza and then bands of a floral ribbon lace are worked in vertically. These are all pieced and sewn together in vertical rows that give it all of that volume that you see. There is a band of black velvet that details where the skirt and bodice meets and this falls in long ties at the back topped with a bow. It is just heavy enough to hold the shape and structure of the dress but even with all of that fabric it is not so heavy that it is uncomfortable to wear. The movement of the skirt when you walk is incredible and you can see in the runway video we have added for reference just how amazing it is on. For the runway they styled it with a thin pink belt for a pop of colour. You could easily emulate this at home with any colour you wish or just wear it on its own and keep it simple and easy. It is a beautiful dress. Excellent condition.

There is a full built in cupped corset that closes with its own zipper and then the dress closes over that with a back hidden set zipper. The rest of the bodice is lined in an ivory silk taffeta. Inner net and tulle skirting are finished with a wide band of stiffened netting. There is an inner silk layer with a stiffened hem and then a tulle and silk layer over that and between the outer silk. Tagged an ODLR 8. This has never been worn and still has its original hang tag.

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 25" from the top of the bodice to the bottom of the black velvet seam
Skirt: 34" bottom of the black velvet seam to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3941

Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2015 Oscar de la Renta Runway, Look 51 worn by Kadri Vahersalu.

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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