Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer of 1965: Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby

Oscar de la Renta had apprenticed with the great Cristobal Balenciaga and  designed for Elizabeth Arden before partnering with Jane Derby in 1965.  Jane Derby was seventy years old, recently remarried and hoping to enjoy more time at her house in Bermuda when she died suddenly leaving Oscar de la Renta to take over the label.  He used the label: Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby for one year before switching to his name alone and the rest is extravagant eveningwear history.

I adore these silk dresses from the 1960s that look so great with a flat gilded or jeweled sandal or a high heel.  They are fitted and small in the bodice with a tiny bit of stiffness and have a slightly A lined skirt.  They feel like summer in someplace wonderful like Capri, Antibes or Patmos.  He dressed society girls from the very beginning, Minnie Cushing being one of the first to be seen out and about in Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby.

Minnie Cushing.  Vogue 1966.

Enjoy the photos of these exceptional, rare and early Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby dresses which are putting me in the mood for a Pimms...

Bejeweled, bedecked and beautiful in 1965/1966 Oscar de Renta for Jane Derby aqua silk cocktail dress with beading in shades of pink, blue and pale green.  Please note that the color of the dress is a gorgeous aqua closest to the detail photo.

All that shimmers is Oscar:


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