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Fall 1977 Oscar De La Renta Feather Light Metallic Chiffon Dress & Extra Long Sash
This Oscar de la Renta dress is incredible. It dates to the late 1970s - early 1980s and it has the bit of a bohemian vibe to it that is heavenly. The color is a soft taupe that has a gold metallic thread worked through the silk. It has this tiny and intricate pattern that is printed onto the silk and done in rows. He used this to give the bodice and skirt some contrast by setting the bodice and sleeves with the rows on the vertical and the skirt on the horizontal. The silk is feather light in weight and just floats beautifully over the body once on. It will softly move with the slightest breeze or movement on your part. The dress comes with an inner separate dress made from a nude colour silk chiffon. The outer dress just slips on over that. The outer dress is cut with extreme volume and if you choose to wear it as is it has this fabulous easy feel. It comes with its original extra long sash that you can use to cinch in the waist and dramatically change the way the dress looks and sits on you. The sash is made of the same silk chiffon and has gold fringe at each end. You could probably also wear this belt as a neck or head piece and leave everything else loose and easy. The neckline has a small neat collar and it buttons to close. The bodice of the top is cut to be very loose and full. Each sleeve is also full and billows out above a ruffled cuff. The waist is dropped and then skirt falls to the floor under that. I took a photo of the dress without the sash as well so you can see how full it can look. Wearing it that way really plays on its bohemian caftan feel. And I love that because the inner slip is separate if you needed more or less room underneath you can just sub it out for a slip that fits you. It makes the dress extremely versatile size wise and it should work on a range of sizes keeping that in mind. It a just gorgeous and even better in person as you get more of a sense of the gold that runs through the fabric. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
The inner silk chiffon dress acts as the lining. The outer dress slips on to wear and has buttons partway down the front. The inner dress closes with a back zipper. The cuffs have elastic above the ruffle. I have put a range of sizing based on the fact that you could sub out the inner slip for one lager or smaller if needed but make sure the shoulders will work.
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at hips: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Dropped bodice: 24" from neck to low waist seam
Skirt: 34" from low waist to hem
Total Length: 58" from neck to hem
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 52" from shoulder to front hem, 54" to back hem
Sash: 17" wide x 110" long including fringe
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
Reference Photo: Fall 1977 Oscar de la Renta Runway.
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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