Late 1980s Oscar de la Renta Silver Glitter on Net Dress w Velvet Bows
I think this might be one of my favorites ODLR dresses that have ever come into the shop. Oscar was known for his beautiful and feminine designs but this dress also displays his more glamorous side. With this amazing gown he has truly created a 'fairy tale' dress that with our modern day obsession with all things eighties and nineties, still feels extremely of this moment fashion wise. Oscar had an amazing sense of aesthetics and his genius was in making women look and feel beautiful. I think with this dress it would be impossible to feel anything but beautiful. It is truly a very special piece.
The dress is made out of a black silk that has little dots made by applying and fusing silver glitter to the netting. The gathered fabric through the top fitted portion of the gown and the fullness of the skirt causes the net to lie over itself and this then creates the illusion of multiple layers of the netting being used. It looks like there are layers and layers of dots sitting under the top layer. The fabric alone is just incredible on this one. The dress is cut to hug and highlight every curve. It is so perfectly cut that it has almost sculptural line to it. The bodice is strapless and shaped to curve over the body and cinch in at the waist. It then hug the hips before flaring out into the low full skirt. This creates the ultimate hour glass shape. At each cinching point, beginning at the top edge of the bust, there is a wide band of black velvet that defines and adds to the hour glass shape you see. From the side this creates another set of curves from tip to bottom. No matter what angle you see the dress at all your curves are shown off to the maximum. The netting is gathered in each of these sections so you appear tightly wrapped in the silver glitter. Below the last velvet band the skirt billows out in a shaped bell and is cut a little longer at the back. The excessive volume of this low set skirt perfectly balances out the bareness of the shoulders. At the back where each velvet band meets, there is a large velvet bow. These run in a row down the back to under your bottom and are the ultimate feminine finish. It is extraordinary. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a back set zipper. Each bow snaps into place. The interior bodice is boned and the low skirt has multiple attached layers of tulle and silk to create the shape and volume you see. Tagged a vintage ODLR 8. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little .Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from top of bodice to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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