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Spring 1990 Oscar De La Renta Ocean Blues Silk Chiffon Strapless Dress w Gathered Bodice

I recently had an all blue version of this dress in the shop and I was very happy to have this unusually dyed one come in. 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. I also love that we have a reference photo of its runway counterpart so that you can get a sense of how gorgeous this dress is on.

The dress is made from multiple layers of a lightweight slightly textured silk chiffon. The colour is just incredible. The dress has been hand dyed to be almost colour blocked with several tones of deep ocean blues. On the bodice the silk has been gathered in an elaborate ruching so that you see all of the colours stacked on top of each other for this beautiful ombre effect. All of the different colours of silk as gathered in to meet in the center with a twisted effect. The dress is strapless and the neckline is cut into a rounded sweetheart shape that is very flattering. It dips down in the center and there is wire inside to shape the cups. 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. I love how the colours are blocked onto the skirt in angled lines so that you get this stunning over-sized chevron effect. It is incredible. Excellent condition

The dress is fully lined through the bodice in a hand set blue silk and then the three layers of silk chiffon the skirt is made of serve as its lining. The dress closes with a back painted metal zipper. Hand finishes.

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam with a
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 44" from top of the bodice to shortest part of the front hem, 55" to the back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD4368

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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