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Fairy Tale 1980s Oscar de la Renta Ivory Silk Ruffled Of Shoulder Princess Wedding Dress w Trained Skirt

This is a stunning wedding piece by Oscar de la Renta who was known for his beautiful and feminine designs. This dress is an absolute showcase piece that still feels surprisingly modern while at the same time it still has those vintage touches that many brides are now after. The play on proportions and the way that it is constructed with its elaborate bodice still feel extremely of this moment and it is just gorgeous. Oscar had an amazing sense of aesthetics and his genius was in making women look and feel beautiful. I think it has a bit of that Princess Diana feel to it as well and I am in love with it. 

The dress is like a magical fairy tale version of all that was amazing about this time period. It is made out of an off-white ivory silk with a built-in tulle underskirt that gives the skirt the volume that you see. The bodice cuts across the shoulders to leave each shoulder bare and exposed. I think you can also wear it more up on the shoulders if you wished but it is really spectacular when they are left bare. A ruffle circles the entire neckline and this is then finished with a romantic lace edging. There is a second ruffled layer of the same silk and lace that curves around the seam where each sleeve is inserted into the bodice for extra detailing. The bodice is meant to skim over you and it is elaborately finished with vertical rows of tiny, perfect pleats. Each pleat is the exact same size as its neighbour and these circle all the way  around the entire bodice. The pleats are held perfectly in place with bands of the same lace used on the neckline. The waist seam is slightly dropped and there is a lace edged peplum that matches the band around the neckline there. If you wanted to you could add a ribbon belt or sash just above this for more shape I think. The skirt sweeps to the floor in a cascade of silk from there. Under that top layer of silk is a full built-in tulle underskirt with an inner skirt inside that so it's comfortable against your skin. I did not use any extra crinolines under the dress. All of the volume you see is what is there, though you could certainly add more underskirts if you wanted it to be even fuller. The back of the skirt extends out quite a bit to create a fantastic train behind you. The sleeves are magnificent. Each one is cut to sit far off and down your shoulder and has insets of that same lace ribbon that are set on an angle to circle around the sleeves. Each sleeve ends in a lace trimmed ruffle. They have tremendous volume with a huge and elaborate pouf to them. They are the perfect finish to this high fantasy gown. The workmanship is incredible and it is absolutely beautiful. This would make an extraordinary wedding gown for the bride looking for something unique. Excellent condition

Fully lined in an ivory silky rayon and closes with a back zipper and then a series of silk covered buttons closes over that. Snaps close the keyhole over the bottom part of the zipper below the waist seam. It has a full built-in tulle underskirt as described above. Each sleeve has elastic at the cuff. It appears to have never been worn. It is a touch more ivory in person then how it photoed. 

Sleeves: the sleeves themselves are approx 15" from the top seam to end of ruffle
Bust: 17.5-18" flat across from side seam to side seam 
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 12" from top of bodice at the center to waist
Length: approx 60" from natural shoulder to front hem, 93" to the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD4507

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