1960s Bill Blass Glossy Sequin on Silk Chiffon & Feather Hem Dress
This Bill Blass dress is wonderful and a real statement piece. Glossy black sequins have been densely applied to a feather light silk chiffon. They cover the entire surface of the hand and each has been meticulously placed and sewn by hand. This is a wonderful example of the high glamour looks that Bill Blass was doing during this time period. The neckline is cut into a low V above a nipped in waist. The sleeves have been left unlined so you get a touch more transparency between the spaces between the sequins. The waist is nipped in and the skirt falls to the floor and is actually quite full. The skirt is attached to the waist in a series of tiny gatherings which help to give the skirt the fullness and volume that you see. These soft pleats are meticulously set around the waist and the construction is beautiful. Inside, the skirt has additional layers of of netting that are set under the lining. This also helps to create fullness and shape so that the waist is emphasized and the skirt hangs exactly how Mr. Blass wished. The hem of the skirt is finished with a thick band of glossy black feathers that are mixed with thin, metallic cellophane strips. This mix of weightless metallic strips and feathers is signature of Blass' that he often utilized in pieces that he used feathers on. It is really a remarkable example of his work. Excellent condition.
The dress is fully lined with a semi sheer black crepe through the main part of the bodice and the skirt. The sleeves and shoulders are unlined. The skirt has an additional lining of a starched netting in two layers to support the shape and give it inner structure. It closes with a back painted metal zipper and each cuff has a zipper at the wrist. The back does close from waist to neck properly but it was too small to close on my dress form. The dress appears to have been worn very little if at all.
Bust: 16.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14.5 from shoulder to waist seam
Skirt: approx 40" from waist to bottom of feathered hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs, fur trimmed & feather pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. All fur coats, fur trimmed & feather pieces are final sale
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival