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Fall 1990 Oscar de la Renta Metallic Gold Silk Lame Dress w Brass Bell Trim

This is the second time I have had this dress in the shop and its just as good this time around. It dates to the Fall 1990 collection and I have included a reference shot from the runway show where you can see a dress that has the same brass bell trimming along its edges. A version from that season was also included in the Oscar de la Renta exhibit in 2016. It is a wonderful dress and I absolutely love it.

The dress is stunning and I love the combination of the pattern in the silk, the gold thread that runs through the entire dress and the little brass bells that edge the dress. The metallic thread that is worked into the fabric give the entire dress a golden finish that catches the light from every angle. He then finished the edges with a braided gold cord that is made from an actual metal thread. This runs around each cuff, down the edge of the skirt and circles all the way around the hem. More of it follows the neckline and then runs down on an angle across the bust. The cord is laid out in little loops and then there are these amazing little brass bells hand placed into the loops. There are hundreds of them and they are real and work so every time you move there is a wonderful little jingling sound that the bells make. It is a soft pretty sound rather then a true bell ringing kind of sound so is more on the subtle side and not overwhelming. It is quite amazing and adds an unusual element to the dress. The bodice is cut to be loose over you and the sleeves are long. The waist is seamed but generous and you could cinch it in by adding a belt. The skirt falls from there and wraps over itself so that when you walk or sit you see some leg. It narrows down as it reaches the hem and is longer at the back. The silk is surprisingly lightweight and fluid. Very well made, unusual and yet very beautiful. Excellent condition.

The bodice and sleeves are fully lined in a fine blue silk satin of high quality and the skirt is unlined. It closes with a back, hidden set metal and nylon zipper. Hidden set zippers at each cuff. Light padding in each shoulder.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from neck to waist and meant to blouse over slightly
Skirt: approx 36.5" where it meets at the front, 41" from waist to the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3827

Reference Photos: (1-2) Fall 1990 Oscar de la Renta Runway. /  (3) From the ‘Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective’ exhibition at de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2016.

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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