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1980s Oscar de la Renta Deep Blue Silk & Velvet Applique Dress


This beautiful and regal feeling gown by Oscar de la Renta is even better in real life. That classic combination of a deep, rich blue silk taffeta with the black velvet applique and bodice is spectacular. It is also cut in a beautiful sculpted way so that even off of the hanger it has a spectacular hour glass shape. The neckline is scooped at the front and the black silk velvet bodice is cut to feel sleek and fitted. The waist is nipped in and shaped to do so and then the skirt flares out from just under the seam at the low waist in a beautiful curve of volume. Stiffening is added all along the interior so that you get this wonderful shelf effect. The lines are highlighted even more with the panel of silk at the top that gradually changes to applique that cover the top portion of that beautiful skirt. It has its own interior layers of silk and tulle lining to retain that stunning shape. The sleeves are the perfect, dramatic finishing detail you would expect from Oscar de la Renta. Each is cut with an elastic at the cuff and are a huge, tremendously full pouf above. A final scattering of the same applique that you see on the skirt is the final flourish. Excellent condition. Fully lined in a fine black silk through the bodice and a silk organza through the sleeves. The skirt is interlined in a black silk organza with an interior silk organza lining that has horse hair bands around the hip portion of this inner skirting. It closes with a back zipper. Each sleeve has an elastic finish Beautifully finished and appears unworn. Sleeves: 17" Shoulders: 14.5" Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Length: 60" from natural neck to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.


  • Condition
    Excellent. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 60 in.

    D 152.4 cm

  • Bust
    16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Waist
    13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Length
    60 in. (152.4 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2838
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About Oscar De La Renta (Manufacturer)

    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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