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Oscar de la Renta Vintage Satin Fur Trim Bolero Jacket

Dominican born designer Oscar de la Renta embodied the terms suave and sophisticated. In addition to his highly acclaimed eponymous label, he designed haute couture for the house of Balmain from 1993-2002. His roster of clients is endless, but he is often associated with dressing first ladies of the United States; everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. This stunning bolero is expertly constructed from a deep red satin.

Constructed with faithful understanding of materiality and fit, princess seaming has been incorporated into the cut of the bodice. This prevents it from standing out obtrusively from the body. The hand-set three-quarter sleeves also fit closely around the arm, preventing the wearer from being overwhelmed by the gleaming satin. Lined with taffeta, the piece slips on easily over any garment or bare skin.

The mink edging provides a refined warmth, adding that touch of luxury that reflects Oscar de la Renta’s nature. As Donatella Versace said after his death in 2014, “Oscar de la Renta was American fashion royalty. He will never be forgotten for his talent and generous heart. He was a true gentleman.”

Size estimate: XS/S


Shoulders: 15 inches

Sleeves: 17.5 inches

Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 34 inches

Length: 14 inches front,15 back

This vintage bolero jacket by Oscar de la Renta is not only in excellent condition, but a fabulous keepsake in memory of a great designer. Made from a luxuriously rich satin, the jacket is constructed expertly to reduce bulk in seaming and fit the wearer with ease. The length is cropped well above waistline, extending just down over the bustline.

Princess seaming in the bodice accentuates the figure of the wearer. Lined in a dyed-to-match taffeta, the bolero slides easily over base garments. All openings are edged in mink fur. There is no closure at center front. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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