Oscar de la Renta 1960s Floral Charmeuse Maxi Dress
The youngest of seven children, Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo was born to a proud Dominican lineage, and having lost his mother at just eighteen years of age, he became a student of painting at the Academy of San Fernando, Madrid.
Whilst sketching clothes designs to supplement his income, Oscar’s eye for style was exploited by the wife of the then Ambassador to Spain, whereupon she commissioned him to design a dress for her daughter, later finding itself gracing the cover of Life magazine and spelling the start of something quite special.
Fortunate enough to secure an apprenticeship with none other than Cristóbal Balenciaga, Oscar later joined Paris fashion house Lanvin, where he understudied Antonio del Castillo until 1963, when he made his move into the world of ready-to-wear clothing.
Following a brief spell at Elizabeth Arden, Oscar joined New York ready-to-wear fashion house Jane Derby, where in less than two years, he successfully launched his own fashion label ‘Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby’, before taking control of the enterprise altogether.
With two awards in 1967 and 1968, Oscar went on the become an inductee to the Coty Hall of Fame and throughout the course of his fashion career, has been bestowed with numerous honours and appointments, all of which reflect his consummate passion for style and quality, a trademark of his many glorious pieces, and one which has led to collaborations with countless celebrities and presidential staff alike.
Sadly passing away aged 82 in 2014, ‘Oscar de la Renta’ continues to enjoy worldwide success via its online stores, and the name can also be found on fragrances, home furnishings and an affordable clothing range designed to broaden his market appeal.
This magnificent piece, late 1960s in cut and design, is not only unique and now equally rare, but is also startlingly timeless in its conception. The fabric is luscious and vibrant, using large floral motif silk charmeuse, while the sleeves are ever-so-lightly puffed with deep cuffs and matching fabric covered faux buttons. Finished with a collared neckline, buttoned to the empire lined waist and full skirt, this is a dress like no other, and one crafted to either make a stunning entrance in, or for immediately addition to any discerning couture collection.
Designer Oscar de la Renta
Fabric No label present however it looks and feels like silk charmeuse
Size No label present but will fit UK 8-10
Excellent (see condition chart)
Measured flat without stretching (please double for complete size)
Neckline Opening 6.5″
Shoulder To Shoulder (across back) N/A
Bust (at widest point) 17″
Under Bust 14″
Length (collar to hem) 57″
Sleeve Length (underarm to cuff) 21″
Sleeve Length (collar to cuff) 29″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The dress was not pinned for photography purposes