Fall 2004 Oscar de la Renta Runway Feather & Black Silk Hourglass Dress
This dress is Oscar at his very best and really showcases some of his signature design details. When the twin of this dress walked the runway in the fall of 2004 Janet Ozzard of Vogue said of the collection: "Fabulous handiwork; rich, spicy colors; shapes cut to flatter. These are Oscar de la Renta’s calling cards, and his socialite-packed front row is testament to the designer’s mastery of the opulent-meets-elegant genre. For fall, de la Renta played up the curves. ... De la Renta’s evening looks, all garnished with Fred Leighton jewels, hit a series of luxurious highs. A Balenciaga-esque cascade of satin poured down the back of a strict, fitted satin sheath, while a dramatic black-tulle bustier was paired with a swinging beaded skirt. And for those with a fairy-tale ball in their future, any of the designer’s star-spangled tulle gowns will be just the ticket." The dress is amazing and it is even better on an actual body.
The dress is made from a rich black silk taffeta and is almost sculptural in the way that is has been cut to create that hourglass shape that you see. The neckline is a squared off scoop at the front and at the back it dips low scoops to leave a bare expanse of skin. It is cut to mold and curve over the bust and waist and continues down over the tops of the hips. Where the skirt starts there is a wide panel of black feathers that circles all the way around you. It is set in a way that somehow manages to highlight your curves rather then add unwanted ones. The skirt opens out from there and fall is a widening curve to the floor. Underneath are a series of built in underskirts that give it that fantastic volume and shape that you see. Another wide band of feathers finish the bottom hem. As you move the feathers move and the feeling of airiness and lightness that they create is a stunning contrast to the structured shape above. I love the two top set pockets that sit on each hip. Each is finished with a black silk satin bow for the perfect Oscar finishing flare. The dress is magnificent and my clients paid over $10,000 for it. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk with extensive underskirts in the lower skirt as mentioned above. It closes with a back hidden set zipper. Interior waist stay that hooks to close. Tagged a US6.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1-2) F/W 2004 Oscar de la Renta Collection, Look 49. Model: Nicole Trunfio. / (3) Sandra Bullock at the 2004 Oscars.
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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