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Resort 2009 Oscar de la Renta Runway Look 59 Strapless Coral Silk Dress w Full Bubble Hem Skirt

"It's a very happy collection," said a relaxed Oscar de la Renta as he greeted guests filing into 583 Park Avenue, a venue that had been transformed by Stefan Beckman into a sort of minty-fresh aqua and white garden." is how the Vogue review of this collection started. They went on to say that "it was evening that was at the heart of this show. There was everything from a chocolate-box assortment of L.B.D.'s to sleek hammered-silk columns to a finale of massive, meringue like ball gowns." This is one of those gowns mentioned and the twin of this gorgeous dress walked the runway for Look 59 as part of the closing looks of the show. It is so pretty and has fantastic movement. I love it.

The dress is made of a washed floral print silk taffeta that hold the colours beautifully. The print is an explosion of flowers that cover the entire dress from the top of the bodice to the bottom of the skirt. It is like wearing a full field of flowers and that dreamy romantic washed watercolour effect makes it even prettier. 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 the skirt that explodes out to the floor in a cascade of silk. There are yards and yards of silk that have gone into the construction of that skirt. It is gathered in and around the waist in a series of tiny pleats and then these open out to create that billowing skirt that you see. At the hem it is caught up and under itself to give it volume. Inside the skirt you can feel that there has been added layers of tulle all around the edge to hold the volume and create shape. The skirt is cut slightly above the floor at the front and then it is cut longer at the back so that you get a beautiful sweeping feel behind you. The lightness of the silk and the way that it has been cut combined with the tulle inside creates this stunning billowing effect when you move and walk. The silk on the bodice has been tightly gathered into tiny little soft pleats that run all the way around to the back. I love how he has left a ruffle of fabric on either side of the zipper at the back. This hides the zipper and also adds that extra little detail there that is just lovely to see. It is that perfect mix of elegance, femininity, romance and fantasy that Oscar excelled at. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a pale orange silk and has an attached inner corset as shown that is cupped and lightly boned. The inner corset zips to close and has a hooked waist stay and then the outer dress zips to close over that. Tagged a recent Oscar de la Renta 10

Bust:to 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam with a A-B cup
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 10.5" from top of bodice to waist seam
Total length: 47" from top of bodice to shortest point of the front.hem, 58" to the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4646

Reference Photos/Video: Resort 2009 Oscar de la Renta, Look 59. Model: Han Jin.

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