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Prettiest Fall 1980 Oscar de la Renta Strapless Pink Silk Matte Satin Dress w Velvet Bows

This is the second time I have had this dress and it is even more special this time because we have been able to date it. It was used for the ad campaign that year and I love that I have the photo for you to see to give you an idea of how spectacular it is on the body. It is a gorgeous example of his work during the 1980s. This time period in Oscar's history was overlooked by a lot of collectors and enthusiasts and I am happy to see it gaining more traction lately because he really did some exceptional work in this period.

The dress is made from a bright pink silk matte satin that has bands of an inky black velvet to highlight the cut of the dress and act as a contrast to the pink. The bodice is strapless and is cut to be fitted to the body and hug you right down to the waist. Under the waist it curves out slightly over the tip of the hips and then ether skirt falls tot he floor under that in a gently widening curve. The fullness that you see s created by soft pleats that circle just under the last black velvet band and then when it reaches the hem it flares out more with a side ruffle set into the bottom of the skirt. The velvet is so cleverly places. On the skirt hem is acts as a divider between the skirt and that last ruffle and then thread there bands near the bottom to add detailing. On the bodice five bans circle around you and daw the eye in and around. At the back each of the bands ends in a pretty bow. These runs down your back and create the prettiest romantic effect. Built in pink silk organza with stiffened netting in the hem help to create and hold the fullness that you see. It is that perfect mix of elegance and femininity that Oscar excelled at. Excellent condition with one small note below

Fully lined in a matching pink silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Light boning on the sides of the bodice. The interior skirting has additional silk underskirts as described above. There is room to add a light to medium  crinoline if you wanted an even fuller look. There is one tiny little tick out of the velvet on the bottom ban of the back hem. Please see last photo after the label shot

Upper band of bodice: 15.25"
Bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam with a A-B cup
Waist: 12,5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 12" from top of bodice to waist seam
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD3891

Reference Photo: (1) Fall 1980 Oscar de la Renta Runway. Model: Kirat.  /  (2) Oscar de la Renta Ad, Vogue US, September 1980.

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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