Oscar de La Renta evening dress, 1980s
After studying design in Madrid, de la Renta began his fashion career under the tutelage of Cristobal Balenciaga. De la Renta later moved to Paris, where he worked as a couture assistant to Antonio Castillo at Lanvin. The influence of these two great Spanish designers can be seen in de la Renta's work.
The designer is known for his delicate, opulent designs. This stark black evening dress, a departure from de la Renta's elaborately decorated creations, shows the Spanish influence.
The dress is fashioned from an artful combination of sheer silk chiffon and dense silk velvet. The pleated chiffon band that wraps around the bodice draws attention to the form-fitting, velvet torso and fish-tail train. Sexy and ultra-stylish!
The bodice is open in back, above the pleated band. The dress closes at the back neck with snaps and on the skirt with an invisible zipper. The body of the dress is lined with black satin.
The label, from the designer's couture-quality line, has a number.
The condition is excellent and wearable.
It measures: 36" bust, 24" waist, 37" hip, and 57" from shoulder to hem.