Magnificent Spring 2003 Oscar de la Renta Runway Look 59 White Net & Black Embroidery Dress
The twin of this dress was shown on the Spring runway in 2003 for Look 59 which was the second to last closing look of the show. In Vogue's review of the collection journalist Janet Oxxard said in part; 'Front and center at life's rich pageant—that's where Oscar de la Renta wants to be. Leaving the monochrome color schemes and workaday fabrics to others, this is a designer who deals in luxury, elegance and—always—vibrant femininity.' This is one of the showstoppers of the runway show and is beautiful. A really wonderful example of his work
This Oscar de la Renta dress is stunning. It is red carpet worthy and would even make an amazing wedding piece for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. It is in fabulous condition. The dress is made from yards and yards of a white silk netting that has a black floral and leaf design embroidered through the fabric. The contrast between the stark white and the black is fabulous. The flowers are set between panels of embroidery that define and section the dress off. These run around the top of the bodice, circle the waist and then run down the skirt vertically. Two more bands circle the hem and all of them have the flowers embroidered and scattered between the more structured lines. It gives the dress this feeling of high decadence that is very beautiful. The flowers become a design element in themselves. The netting is just heavy enough to hold the shape and structure of the dress but even with all of that fabric it is not so heavy that it is uncomfortable to wear. It has a full built in boned corset inside the bodice so you don't have to worry about additional underpinnings. There are also built in underskirts. I did not add any additional crinolines to the dress for these photos. It has enough built in skirt that it falls on its own perfectly. The bust is strapless and fitted across the bodice. It is cut to follow your curves and there are cups inside to lift the breasts. It tightly hugs the bodice and then nips in at the waist. The skirt flows directly out from the waist and is cut to have volume all the way around you. Every angle is drama and gorgeousness. It is cut slightly longer at the back so that it flows out behind you just a touch. Inside there are six full layers of tulle with a more structured silk and stiffened net skirt in between the tulle layers. This gives the skirting the volume you see and keeps it full. I love the bareness of the shoulders the strapless silhouette gives you. It is the perfect balance to that full on princess skirt. It is a very stunning gown and is a beautiful example of Oscar's work. Excellent condition with a minor note below
There is a full built in corset that closes with its own zipper and then the dress closes over that with a hidden set zipper. Multiple layers of built in tulle and skirting as described above. One side of the net exterior layer of the skirt is a bit shorter then the rest. I see no evidence if it being taken up so if it was it was from the waist and very well done. There is so much fabric in the skirt and it is so long anyway it does really impact when on and it could be taken up all the way around from the waist if you wanted since the longer parts fall well past the inner hem anyway. It is reduced in price regardless. A few small breaks on the netting near the hem here and there. Tagged an ODLR 6 but seems to be cut small
Bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 9" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 51" from waist to front hem, 54" to back hem. The part that is shorter on one side is 47"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photos/Video: Spring 2003 Oscar de la Renta Runway, Look 59. Model: Erin Wasson.
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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