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Spring 1982 Oscar de la Renta Blue Floral Silk Caftan Dress w Red Edging Detail

This is a beautiful caftan dress by Oscar de la Renta that I love. It is from the Spring 1982 season and these caftans were very well documented with variations of them photoed on Kim Alexis and Iman that season. I have also included an example held at the Kent Museum and others that were a part of the recent "Being Oscar de la Renta" Exhibition. It is a classic and easy piece to wear that still feels fresh and fabulous. 

In the late seventies and early eighties caftan fever was at an all time high and many of the top designers of the day designed options for their clients who wanted the look but also still want to wear their favourite brand name. This is one of the prettiest that I have seen with its bright floral print. Oscar was a master at both cut and prints and this has both. It is perfect to be worn as a chic day-to-evening maxi dress. I love everything about the lines of this piece. It is made out of a feather light silk. Think fine silk scarf as far as the weight goes. The means that it floats and flows around you when you move or the slightest breeze hits it. It is very simple in cut. You slip it on and it has a V neckline at the front. There are openings at each side for your arms to slip through and it is seamed at the outer sides so that it should fit a wide range of sizes. I love the bright and vivid flower print that is scattered over its surface. For contrast he used a bright red to edge the neck, the arm opening and the hem. When you are standing still it settles perfectly about you but when you move you really get the sense of the amount of fabric that is there. A really fabulous and wearable caftan. Excellent condition with one minor note below 

Unlined and slips on to wear. It weighs only a few ounces. 100% silk. The caftan cut should allow it to fit a full range of sizes. I see two very minor darkening spots on the back. You would only see them if it is laying flat because of the amount of fabric. 

Bust - hips: open. The width across from seam to seam is 38"
Length: it falls to about 56-58" at the sides once on 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: OSFA

Item# DD3897

Reference Photos: (1) Oscar de la Renta, Vogue, May 1982. Model Kim Alexis  /  (2) Spring 1982 Oscar de la Renta Runway. Model: Iman.  /  (4) Oscar de la Renta Caftan 1982 from the Kent State Museum Collection.  /  (5) "Being Oscar de la Renta" Exhibition at Centro Leon, Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic.

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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