Fall 1991 Todd Oldham Glass Bead & Crystal Jewel Strap Velvet Dress
Todd Oldham began designing in NYC in 1989 and instantly became one of the superstars of the nineties 'with his scrupulously constructed garments, featuring extravagant embellishments and raucous color combinations.' His first major exhibit was titled "All of Everything" and launched at the RISD Museum. He manufactured all of his pieces from his main line out of his studio during the years he was designing. That means that these were not mass produced, large scale production items. His more elaborate and runway pieces in particular were either very small runs or one-offs.
This dress is wonderful. It is made from a lush black velvet. The cut is simple as were many of his pieces. Onto the velvet are a series of bouquets. Each is made up of hand set glass crystals fused onto the velvet, combined with prong-set crystals. These glitter and catch the light beautifully. The straps are extraordinary. They are really closer to being jewellery that has been incorporated into the designer rather then just straps on a dress. Each is a crystal encrusted metal backed shape that is lined up and linked to the next. Hearts and elephants mix with flowers. Each strap hooks to open at the top of the shoulder for ease of getting it on and off. It is a work of art and a true testament to Oldham's genius. In the show notes for the RISD exhibit Oldham states: “We were always throwing curve balls,” Oldham recalls. “I felt I had something to say and it was meaningful and had duality and juxtaposition.” Excellent condition
Fully lined in black silk and closes with a back metal and nylon zipper. Each strap hooks to close and the straps are crystals set into silver toned metal. Hand set embellishments. Made to demi-couture standards. Tagged a M and appears unworn
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39.5" from top of shoulder strap to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Fall 1991 Todd Oldham 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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