Prettiest Early 1970s Oscar de la Renta Floral Printed Halter Dress w Crossed Strap Open Back
The Oscar de La Renta boutique label first appeared in 1967 which makes this one from one of the very earliest collection for this line. His boutique label is important as is marked the first ready-to-wear line for a Seventh Avenue designer to be launched. These early pieces have lots of hand finishes and are just stunning example of his work during these early days of his career. I suspect that this dress is from either Spring 1970 or Spring 1972. Both those two spring collections used fabric similar to the one on this dress and had similar cut pieces.
The dress is made out of an easy to wear and travel with printed cotton mix. This fabric choice makes the dress so easy to wear and comfortable. It is travel friendly too. You can literally pull it out of a suitcase and pop it on and go. The colours hold true on this type of fabric too so they feel as crisp and true as they would have been when it was produced. I love the brightness of the print that covers the entire dress. It is a pretty pop of bright turquoise with pinks and that as nearest them in poles and dozens of other colours into the mix of the print. The dress is cut into a chic halter at the front. It heavy at the neck and then wraps around with a neat little collar to the back. Straps extend down from the shoulder and crisscross at the back leaving the rest of the upper back bare for a bit of skin to show. It actually closes down the front and the hooks are hidden behind that bit of a panel that runs in between the piping at the front. The waist is cinched and the dress comes with a wide piped edge belt in a matching fabric. You can dress without the belt or use it to cinch the waist in further. The skirt falls to the floor from there and widens out as it nears the floor. I love how the hem is also finished with that same turquoise piping as the other edges of the dress. The skirt has a pretty amount of fullness in it to give it a bright and happy feel. It is a gorgeous dress. Excellent condition with one tiny note below
Fully lined in a black silk and closes with hook & eye at the front and a low painted metal zipper under the waist band. The belt was missing the hooks to close it so snaps have been added at some point for it to be able to work. You could adjust those for the perfect fit for you or add more.
Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 38" from waist 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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