Stunning Fall 2005 Oscar de la Renta Runway Look 63 Silk Brocade Dress W Deliberate Fraying Details
The exact twin of this dress was shown on the Fall runway in 2005 for Look 63. In Vogue's review of the collection journalist Nicole Phelps said in part; 'Oscar de la Renta's shows are always elegant and invariably luxe. But for fall, the designer really went to town with the signature embellishments loved so well by his mother-daughter fans (like Tina and Beyoncé Knowles, who made their way to their seats after the lights had dimmed)....Evening was just as ornate... His red carpet numbers ranged from streamlined racer-back columns with heavy dustings of sequins to Empire-line tulle princess gowns to brocade showstoppers that grazed the toes of audience members as they glided by—just the thing for a larger-than-life diva like Knowles.' This is one of the brocade showstoppers that the review mentions and is utterly beautiful. Its label has fallen out but it is from the same estate I am working my way through. The original owner was friend with Oscar so there is also the possibility that this one was made for her and it did not have/need a label if it was customized. It is unbelievable in person.
This Oscar de la Renta dress is stunning. It is red carpet worthy and would even make an amazing wedding piece for the bride looking for a non-traditional choice or as an alternative dress in a more extended wedding celebration. It is in fabulous condition. It is coming from the same estate of a woman I am just starting to go through who was personal friends with Oscar and she bought some of his most beautiful pieces. The dress is made from yards and yards of a black silk brocade that has deep rich jewel toned flowers woven through the fabric. The silk he chose is just incredible. It has a black base with beautiful metallic feeling motifs woven through the silk. The flowers are done with varying states of fraying and this is deliberate. It gives the dress this worn decadence that is very beautiful and the flowers then become a three dimensional design element in themselves. The silk is just heavy enough to hold the shape and structure of the dress but even with all of that fabric it is not so heavy that it is uncomfortable to wear. It has a full built in boned corset inside the bodice so you don't have to worry about additional underpinnings. There are also full built in underskirts. I did add a crinoline to the dress for some of these photos so that you can get an idea of just how full the skirt is and see its full shape. I also photoed it without a crinoline so that you can see how it falls on its own with just its already substantial inner skirts. The bust is strapless and fitted with a modified soft sweetheart bodice. To highlight the bust even more there is a fabulous ruffled detail that curves and cups under the breasts. It tightly hugs the body, curving in at the waist, and then skims over the top of your hips. The seaming is all done on the vertical to create that beautiful shape and give the the dress a sense of added length. The skirt flows directly out from the bodice and is cut to sit slightly more sleek and flat at the front. You then have all that wonderful volume starting at each hip and going around to the back. The back of the dress is very dramatic. It is trained so that it flows out behind you in a dramatic swoop of fabric. There is a wide inner band of stiffened netting that circles the hem to help hold the skirt up and keep the shape rather then have it just drag behind you. On the sides of the skirt there are dramatic panels of the same fabric set into large ruffle detailing that give a slight bit of movement when you walk. The upper back is left bare. All of its details combined with that spectacular colour make it a very stunning gown. It is a beautiful example of Oscar's work. Excellent condition.
The outer layer is lined with a black silk organza. There is a full built in corset that closes with its own zipper and then the dress closes over that with a hidden set zipper. A wide band of stiffened netting finishes the hem as mentioned above. There is an inner silk layer with a stiffened hem and then a tulle and silk layer over that and between he outer silk. No size tag but most of her things were an ODLR 0 or 2 and this one is that same size.
Bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from top of bodice to front hem, 70" to back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photos: Fall 2005 Oscar de la Renta Runway Collection, Look 63. Model: Julia Stegner.
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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