This c.1968 Early Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby Silk Dress is no longer available.
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We had an Oscar dress a couple of years back that we successfully dated based on a piece held at The Met and this dress has the same collar detail as that so I am sure it is also from the 1968 time period. That clue along with the early Oscar for Jane Derby label pretty much make it a shut case. Just before Oscar de la Renta went off on his own and opened his own atelier, he spent three years as the head designer at the Jane Derby company. He actually bought out the Jane Derby company in 1969, changed the name and Oscar de la Renta as we know it today was born. That makes this wonderful little dress extra special as it is from that very short, and early time period of his career before he officially became the powerhouse he did, building an international recognized brand that continues to thrive even after his death in 2014. This beautiful little dress mixes a bright yellow silk brocade dress with a gold lurex thread that is set among the floral design and give the fabric its slightly 3D, puffed feel. The fabric is a fabulous and yellow has almost a neon tint to it that works amazingly well with the gold backdrop. It is just heavy enough to hold that divine flared shape as it nears the hem but still feels very light on. The collar has a wonderful little notched and squared off shape and the sleeves are sweet little caps. Hidden pockets along the front are the perfect finish. Excellent condition
Fully interlined in a fine, pale yellow tissue silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Hand finishes throughout, ribbon finish hem. Silk lined hidden set pockets along seams of the dress.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
About Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta was not just a designer for the ages but a designer for women of all ages — from Hollywood starlets to silver-haired doyennes, from fashion icons (Sarah Jessica Parker) to iconic brides (Amal Alamuddin Clooney), from leading ladies of hip-hop (Nicki Minaj) to First Ladies of the United States (Jacqueline Kennedy all the way through to Michelle Obama). The secret to his broad and enduring appeal? “I have always thought that my role as a designer is to do the very best I can for a woman,” de la Renta told 1stdibs in a 2010 profile.
And for de la Renta, doing the very best meant making a woman feel beautiful, glamorous and full of confidence, whether she was walking down the red carpet or a crowded city street. "You carry the clothes, the clothes don't carry you," he went on to say in our story.
A perennial favorite on 1stdibs, Oscar de la Renta designs evolved over the years, as the large selection of items below attests, but whether bolero or ball gown, vintage or current, the pieces exude elegant sophistication and enduring originality — much like the man himself.