1978 Bill Blass Burgundy & Gold Lurex Striped Silk Chiffon Dress
if it’s good enough for Liza... was thrilled to date this dress based on a similar version worn by none other then Liza Minnelli. She was captured in it at Studio 54. It was always a personal favourite and I love it even more.
This dress is so easy to wear and yet it still makes a major statement with those fabulous gold lurex stripes. The dress itself is made from a deep burgundy colored silk chiffon. This fabric choice makes it extremely light in weight and adds to the ease of it once on the body. Woven though the silk are waving stripes that are made from a gold lurex thread. These curve over both the dress and the matching sash belt. The stripes are set into the silk in three different densities. This play on the width and placement of the stripes give the dress extra texture and visual interest. On the bodice the stripes are set horizontally and are the widest stripes of the three kinds he used. On the skirt the stripes are set vertically and the gold thread is set in skinny rows onto the silk so you get more of the burgundy colour of the silk showing through. On the sash, the stripes of the gold thread and the stripes of burgundy silk are of equal size. The dress slips on and the top is cut loose with a wide boat neck. The waist is cut wide and loose bu the belt cinch it in so it is easy to fit almost any size. The skirt flows to the floor under that. It is really gorgeous. Excellent condition with one small note to review below
The top is unlined and the skirt is lined in second layer of chiffon. It closes with a low set back painted metal zipper and buttons from the waist to the neck above that. Each sleeve has elastic at its cuff. The sash tie is very long so you can wrap and style it numerous ways. You could even wrap it and use it as a headscarf if you wished. There is a little bit of distress to the corners of the seams on either side of the neck as shown in the photo after the shot of the label.
Sleeves: 23" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Waist: to 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 19.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon. Click here to see the blog post > / (2) Liza Minnelli (& Halston in first photo) at Studio 54, 1978.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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