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1980s Larger Caped Silk Oscar De La Renta Gown


A dramatic Haute Couture feel gown with an runway-esque cut and presence. A silk gazaar is used for its ability to hold shape, This was then cut into an almost sculpted mermaid cut with a high and voluminous caped effect that circles the shoulders. In the back it closes so the line remains unbroken and in the front and curves down in soft pleat work into a notched collar. The waist nips in and the skirt has a remarkable cut. The front is cut almost sheath like and then a fuller skirting rings the back and sides, picking up on the shape and feel of the shoulder detailing. It is classic, feminine, dramatic Oscar de la Renta and quite beautiful! Elaborate inner finishing and in excellent condition. Fully lined in pink silk taffeta with hand finishes. Closes with a back painted metal and nylon zipper. There is a wide belt that is not pictured. It is backed in leather and the leather has dried out. I will include it but it would need repairs. Personally I don't like the dress with the belt. It is far chicer without. Tulle inside the shoulder detail and back skirting for volume. There skirt is also lined with silk organza and has a band of stiffening inside the bottom hem. Shoulders: the opening is approx 16" Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam Bodice: approx 15" from shoulder to waist Skirt: 41" from waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: LRG 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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About Oscar De La Renta (Designer)

    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.

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