Spring 1990 Oscar De La Renta Deep Sapphire Blue Silk Chiffon Strapless Dress
I have had the twin of this before and I was very pleased to have found a second. This dress beautifully showcases the genius of Oscar de la Renta and the work that he was doing in this time period. The attention to detail alone is fabulous. The dress has a beautiful elegance to it and is quite striking. This sense of refinement is a constant in Oscar's work and I particularly love the earlier examples of it. You can see how many of the elements in this dress are a reflection of the standards he adhered to for his entire career and body of work.
The dress is made from multiple layers of a lightweight, slightly textured, silk chiffon in the most stunning deep sapphire blue colour. The bodice is gathered in an elaborate ruching of silk that meets in the center under a thick braided detailing. The braiding runs down the center of the bodice to the waist. The dress is strapless and the neckline is cut into a rounded sweetheart shape that is very flattering. The bodice is fitted and cinches in at the waist with interior boning to help hold the shape. The skirt cascades to the floor at the back and then curves up and around to be higher at the front so you get a flash of leg when you move. The skirt is made up of three layers of weightless silk chiffon and this lets the skirt float over and around the body to give it the feel of airiness and lightness. The lightness of the silk gives it a gorgeous movement when you move and walk. This one comes with a matching huge silk chiffon shawl / cape piece that its twin was shown in the runway with that season. It has no closures and you can just float it over the shoulders and it billows out around you. It is fabulous. Overall excellent condition with a note below.
The dress is fully lined through the bodice in a hand set blue silk and the three layers of silk chiffon the skirt is made of serve as its lining. The dress closes with a side painted metal zipper. Hand finishes. I see an area on the skirt that has darkened. Please see the photo after the label shot.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36" from top of the bodice to shortest part of the front hem, 51" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Spring 1990 Oscar de la Renta Runway.
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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