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Fall 1968 Oscar de la Renta Metallic Gold Silk Brocade Caftan Dress
I was able to date this lovely Oscar de la Renta dress to the Fall of 1968 based on the evening coat that I found within The Met's permanent collection. Their's has a similar print and fabric as well as the same Boutique label. The Oscar de La Renta boutique label first appeared in 1967 which makes this one from one of the very earliest collection for this line. His Boutique label was the first secondary ready-to-wear line for a Seventh Avenue designer.
The dress has a that wonderful hostess gown combined with a caftan feel that was so prevalent during this time period. I have had one other of these in the shop a few years back and I was very pleased to find another. It is a beautiful dress and very representative of his work during this time period. The fabric is quite exceptional with a wonderful woven effect that forms the chevron pattern that you see. The colors are a mix of a coral toned taupe, an ivory and a gold, and all three have metallic thread running through them. The fabric is just heavy enough to hold that sweeping shape as it nears the hem but still feel very light and wearable when on. Each cuff is ringed with a light colored mink cuff. If you are opposed to wearing fur it would be a simple task to un-tack them from the sleeves and wear it without the cuffs. The sleeves are properly finished underneath the cuffs and removing them would be done regularly anyway whenever it was cleaned. The front buttons are decorative only but the quality of the piece really shines here as each loop does work with the button underneath - just the fabric behind it is seamed and closed. Pockets hidden along each hip are the perfect finish. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a hand set nude silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Each cuff is ringed with mink that could easily be removed if you wish to wear it without. The sleeves are properly finished underneath. The cut is generous and will be more of a caftan feel on a smaller frame so will fit a range. Larger sizes should double check the shoulders. There is a good 4" hem turned up if you wanted more length
Bust: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 50" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-XL
Reference Photos: (1) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon. / (2) 1968 Oscar de la Renta Evening Coat from The Met Collection.
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs, fur trimmed & feather pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. All fur coats, fur trimmed & feather pieces are final sale
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