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1985 Bill Blass Ad Campaign Strapless Dotted Yellow Silk Organza Dress

Bill Blass launched his label in 1970 when he bought out the Maurice Rentner label and re-launched it under his own name. He was arguably one of the most famous of all the American designers. His forte was the ability to mix simple styles with luxurious materials and his evening wear in particular seem to have a way of flattering the wearer even at their most extravagant.

A sketched pink version of this dress was used in the 1985 ad campaign and this version looks identical to that one except for the color. The dress is made from hand dyed silk in a deep yellow that is mixed with an off-white silk inset on the bodice and has a white dot print throughout. The cut is simple and elegant. A boned and strapless bodice tops a full, flowing silk skirt that falls to the floor. The bodice is a mix of solid white and the patterned yellow silk. The fabric is gathered and wrapped around the bust and the yellow and white contrast each other to highlight and shape the body. The skirt is set into the nipped in waist with soft gathers that give it both a romantic feel and allow the fabric to have volume and movement. A huge matching sash wraps around the waist and you can tie it where it is most flattering. I have tied it in a large bow that sits slightly off to the side here. The fabric is a light silk organza that holds the shape and volume magnificently and gives the dress its light and airy feel. I love the print on the yellow portions - it is a mix of a dot and an abstract wavy line that really ties everything together. Excellent condition with one minor note below

Fully lined in a white silk and closes with an offset, painted metal and nylon zipper that is set where the two fabrics meet at the back. Light boning through the bodice. Hand finished. Snaps has been added to keep the sash in place at the back but they were poorly added and not original. They were removed and there is the tiniest evidence of them on the fabric along the back opening. Please review the photo after the label shot and before the reference photo.

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 10" from top of dress to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2596

Reference Photo: Illustration by Bill Blass, Vogue, April 1985.

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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