Incredible Fall 1977 Oscar de la Renta Runway Deep Burgundy Metallic Velvet Silk Dress Set
This beautiful silk chiffon and cut metallic velvet fabric was integral to the Fall 1977 presentation by Oscar de la Renta. The twin of this set walked the runway along with two other versions in this same beautiful fabric. I love that we found these photos because it give you an idea of how beautiful the dress is on the body. The fabric is absolutely stunning and the lines of this drape fantastically. It's also rare to find documentation of pieces this early which makes the set that much better.
This set from Oscar de la Renta has such a rich, luxe feel to it while still having a bit of a bohemian vibe. The colour is this absolutely stunning deep purple burgundy that is beautiful to see in person. This is a set made up of two separate pieces. Having these separate pieces makes it very versatile since you can mix and match them with other pieces in your existing wardrobe. The fabric is stunning. The base is an ultra fine silk chiffon that has a touch of transparency to it. Onto that is a silk velvet that is cut out into a floral and leaf pattern and then infused directly onto the silk. A metallic thread in the same exact colourway was then used to outline and highlight the pattern that runs over the pieces. This touch of metallic detailing lets the pieces catch the light from every angle and adds a bit of a glitz and glam to the set. Both pieces are lined with another layer of the same colour silk chiffon but there's still a stunning play on transparency with the outer fabric. The silk is light in weight and floats beautifully over the body once on. The skirt has a band at the waist for shape and then the silk falls to the floor from there to widen out slightly as it near the hem. The top goes over that and just slips on to wear. The neckline is simple with no collar and has an attached silk braided cord. This allows you to adjust the neckline so that you can wear it loose with a more open V underneath or tie it tight and just have a slit keyhole underneath. Each corded tie ends with a pretty fringed tassel. The body of the top is loose and full. Each sleeve is also full and billows out above an elastic cuff. Each sleeve is finished with another cord and fringed tassel detail. The banded waist already gives shape at the waist when you tuck the top in. You could emphasize that shape even more by adding a belt. It a even more gorgeous in person. And it has pockets on the skirt. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Both pieces are lined in a matching silk chiffon including the sleeves. The skirt closes with a side set zipper and a flat hook & eye at the waist. The top slips on to wear with an attached cord at the neckline. The cuffs have elastic at their ends and the cord there is decorative. It appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Sleeve: approx 24"
Bust-bottom seam: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21.5" from shoulder to hem
Waist: to 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips:to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: 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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