1980s Gorgeous Oscar de La Renta Gold Green “Dragon Scale” Brocade Dress

Oscar de la Renta


Astounding maximalist evening dress by Oscar de la Renta! The maxi length dress has long sleeves, a columnar A-line skirt with fitted waist, giving the dress a silhouette similar to the cheongsam. The dress is primarily composed of brilliant golden green brocade fabric delicately defined with reptile - like scales. The skirt and "under" bodice of the dress are composed of the scale fabric, and are masterfully complimented by a black floral lace bolero jacket - like bodice with scalloped edges, a high V - neckline, and two elegant black silk frog buttons with a floral ribbon base. Black ribbon at the hem echoes he details on the top.


Oscar de la Renta was known to have sought out inspiration from across the globe. In the 1980s he was particularly interested in Chinese art. In this particular piece he channels aesthetics and folklore into fashion with nods to the dragon in the fabric and columnar form of the dress. The lace echoes magnolia and plum flowers, traditional floral elements in Chinese paintings. Finally, the detailed frog buttons are a nod to the art of Chinese knotting.


  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Condition
  • Materials & Techniques
    Brocade Lace Frog Button
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    36 Inches
    32 Inches
    34 Inches
    60 Inches
  • Size Chart

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