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Spring 1978 Bill Blass Printed Silk Taffeta Skirt & Off Shoulder Silk Top Dress Set

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 gorgeous printed ball gown skirt and silk top set is a wonderful example of the work that Blass was doing in this time period. We were able to date it exactly with a family photo that my client shared with me. The skirt is made out of a fine silk taffeta. This was then printed with the most amazing floral print. The backdrop is a golden taupe and the flowers are a mix of soft muted pastels with pops of purple that pick up on the purple of the top. It has a detachable cummerbund in a muted burgundy earth color and the bottom pf the hem is finoshed in a wide strip of a copper colored silk satin. The skirt is very full and I have not used any crinolines under the skirt for these shots. The fullness that you see is all done through the way it is cut. The choice of the silk taffeta also helps it to hold the shape while still keeping it very light in weight. The top is a light silk that has a slight texture running through it. It is made with elastic all through the neckline so that you can wear it on or fully off the shoulders. More elastic is used at the waist which makes it insanely comfortable to wear. I love that you can wear it tucked in, loose and easy or with the belt to really cinch it in.  Each sleeve is very full and voluminous. and this just adds to the fabulous effect the full set has. Having the three pieces makes it so versatile as you can wear it all together for the full Blass look, or mix and match with modern pieces from your wardrobe. It is beautifully made and wonderfully extravagant. Excellent condition with one small note below

Both pieces are unlined. The skirt closes with a metal and nylon zipper and a flat hook & eye at the waist. The skirt's hem has some water staining to it. I photoed the worst area bit there are some more. You really don't notice them once it is one due tot he volume. Please review the photo after the label shot. The top slips on with elastic through the neckline/shoulders and also around the waist and each cuff. The cummerbund closes with hook and eye.

Sleeves: approx 26"
Bust: 20-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 23"

Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 46.5" from waist to hem
Matching cummerbund: 30" from end to end

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3263

Reference Photo: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.

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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