De La Renta Black Lace Dress
Short black lace dress with ribbon straps and full taffeta ruffles hanging below thigh area. Dress has a fitted linear silhouette; full torso in black lace. Horizontal line across front and back top edges with eyelash effect from lace extending beyond edges. 1/2" wide black ribbon straps, non-adjustable. Double pointed darts at left and right front and back. Entire body or torso of garment lined in tan/flesh-colored silk chiffon which shadows under the black lace outer fabric. Center back zipper. Bottom 12" of dress in full black taffeta ruffle with smaller double edged ruffles at hemline and at seam where ruffle sewn to black lace. Black netting with horsehair braid edge sewn underneath ruffle.
This dress belonged to Angela K. Westwater. Angela's father, William King Westwater, operated a family plumbing supplies company in Columbus, Ohio. Angela graduated from Smith College in 1964 and works as an art dealer in New York City. She co-founded a gallery named Sperone Westwater Fischer in 1975, when Italian art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, Angela Westwater, and German art dealer Konrad Fischer opened a space at 142 Greene Street in SoHo, New York. (The gallery's name was changed to Sperone Westwater in 1982.)
Oscar de la Renta
“De La Renta Black Lace Dress,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed July 3, 2020, https://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/4938.
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