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Iconic 1973 Oscar de la Renta Metallic Gold Silk Brocade Off Shoulder Dress W Fur Cuffs

I have had this dress in the shop before and it is always thrilling to find another. Every single time I find one I think that it is one of the most gorgeous dresses from Oscar de la Renta that I have had in the shop. It is just a beauty and it just gets better and better as each year passes.

This dress is a little work of art. It is very beautiful and it is even better once on. It is also very representative of his work during this time period. The fabric is exceptional. It is a rich silk metallic brocade that has a stunning that runs over it from shoulder to hem. The fabric is lighter in weight then you would think at first glance. It is heavy enough to hold and retain the shape that he desired it to have but is still light enough so that it feels easy and comfortable to wear. It has a very regal and refined feel to it and it perfectly sums up Oscar's love of opulence mixed with elegance and restraint. The cut is kept simple to allow that stunning fabric to take center stage. The skirt falls from the waist and widens out as it nears the hem. It comes with its original belt that you can use to nip in the waist for more shape. The neckline has elastic running through it so you can wear the sleeves off shoulder. Each cuff is finished with mink cuff. If you are not comfortable 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 over the years. I included two shots of me wearing the dress from the last time I had it and I wore it without the cuffs from the cleaners before re-tacking them into place when I sold that last one. The fabric is amazing - gold threads mix with chocolates and a deep red coral create a stunning design. It has a subtle 3D effect and the raised parts of the add another dimension to the design. It's an amazing dress and a forever favorite.  Excellent condition

Fully lined in a light taupe silk organza and closes at with a back painted metal zipper. has its original slip buckle belt. Very slight normal wear to the fur on the edges of the cuff. It appears to have been worn very little otherwise.

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam and can be cinched in with the belt
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem, with 2.5" turned under the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4231

Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.

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

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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