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Oscar de la Renta Gold Metallic Brocade Sable Trim Evening Dress, c. Fall 1970

$2,361.66

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Oscar de la Renta once stated, "Magical stories about Russia … fed my imagination and made me dream". In 1967 the designer won the Coty American Fashion Critics Award which honored a collection that included Russian-inspired brocaded gowns trimmed in fur, recalling the opulent court of Catherine the Great. “The handsome, dark-haired designer’s ready-to-wear efforts have been hailed as almost-couture, particularly his recently shown fall and winter collection,” reported The Times. “In it, Mr. de la Renta ranged from the splendor of Imperial Russia..." Here we have a magical and rare early 1970s Oscar de la Renta – very likely from his Ballets Russes-inspired Fall 1970 collection – metallic brocade gown trimmed in sable fur. It is not only very representative of his work during this time period but also a design that will become more important in course of time as pieces designed by Oscar de la Renta himself become more and more collectible. This one comes direct from my couture client who lived in the United States at that time. She recalls to have worn this gown for her last hunting ball. As big landowners they hosted an annual Hubertus hunt with Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor amongst the illustrious guests. The dress is incredibly beautiful and elegant! The fabric is a wonderful lustrous metallic gold brocade with accents in turquoise, orange and black. It is lighter in weight than you would think at first glance but heavy enough to hold and retain the shape that it should have. The cut is kept simple to allow that stunning fabric to take center stage. The skirt falls from the waist and flares out as it nears the hem. I love the hidden pockets that are along the side seams of the skirt. The flattering scoop neckline and each cuff is ringed with luxurious and rich black genuine sable fur. Fully lined in a light black silky rayon, the design closes at the back with a painted metal zipper and three hooks and eyes at the neck. Labeled "Oscar de La Renta boutique" and "Saks Fifth Avenue". Tagged a US vintage size 8. Excellent, museum quality condition. Has been worn very little. Shoulders: 39 cm – 15.4" (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam) Bust: 88 cm – 34.6" Waist: 78 cm – 30.7" Hips: open Sleeve Length: 61 cm – 24" (including sable cuff) Length: 145 cm – 57.1" (measured from shoulder to hem) Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips. Approximate Modern Size: S-M Reference Photos: Designs from Oscar de la Renta's Russian-inspired collections featured at the "Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective" exhibition at de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2016 / Coat and dress ensemble from the designer's Fall 1968 collection as shown at "The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2017/18 / Oscar de la Renta advertising for Saks Fifth Avenue showing a dress in a similar fabric, Harper’s Bazaar, September 1970.

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    Marked Size: 8 (Vintage) (US)Bust: 34.6 in. (87.89 cm)Waist: 30.7 in. (77.98 cm)Shoulder to Hem: 57.1 in. (145.04 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
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    Munich, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU785311711322

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About the Designer

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.Find a collection of vintage Oscar de la Renta evening dresses and gowns, skirts and other clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.
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