Spring 1981 Bill Blass Stunning Pale Green Silk Chiffon Ruffle Dress
I am very pleased to begin presenting a collection of Bill Blass pieces from a woman who was a close personal friend of Mr. Blass for many years. Many of these pieces were custom made or tweaked specifically for her and all of them are in exquisite condition, having been stored and cared for properly over the years. These are rare and hard to find example of his work from the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Some may be the only version of its kind that were made. The family would also like it to be known that their portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to charity.
This beautiful pale green chiffon dress by Bill Blass is absolutely stunning. It is from the Spring 1981 collection and I have included two reference photos of pieces held in Museum collections, one of a dress in this same color that was used throughout the collection that year, and a second with the same ruffle treatment. The dress is beautifully made and the closer you start to look at it the more you start to see the fine detailing on it. The work that would have gone into piecing this together using that fine silk chiffon is astounding. It is completely cut on the bias but also has defined seams so that you get the ease and movement of the bias cut through the skirt but with a defined shape. It slides over the body to define your curves but not in a tight or fitted kind of way. The neckline is a high and scooped. The bodice has two layers, an inner silk piece with tiny silk straps, and a chiffon over piece. Each sleeve is cut long and lean with two silk covered buttons at the wrist. The back hooks at the top of the neck and then over the inner lining leaving an open slit between the neck and the first button down. The waist is seamed for a touch of shape and you could easily add a belt if you wanted more definition. Below that, the skirt falls to the floor in a cascade of ruffles. It is all cut on the bias and it is deceptive as to just how much silk has been used on its construction. The ruffles are set vertically in strips and give a very pretty cascading effect. These vertical ruffles circle all the way around the skirt and this creates incredible movement. Once on, you feel like the silk is just floating around and over you. It is truly beautiful. Excellent condition with one small note below
Fully lined in an interior layer of a slightly deeper color green silk. It closes with a back zipper and then the silk chiffon layer close over that with snaps below the waist and hook & eye above. Each cuff has two silk covered buttons. Hand finishes. The color is absolutely fantastic and even better in person. It is a a touch paler green in person then how it photoed and I think it is even better. The fabric does have some give due to the bias cut but the waist seam is set. There is one tiny mark on the front bodice. Please review the photo after the label shot.
Inner lining bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.