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1975 Bill Blass Floral Print Metallic Lurex & Sequin Dress Set

The is the second time I have has this set in the shop and I think I like it even more this time around. The French have a saying 'jolie laide' which translates roughly to 'beautiful ugly' and refers to something that is unconventionally beautiful. It is usually a saying used when speaking of a women with strong, unconventional features that make her beautiful in a way that does not conform to traditional standards, but I feel it works well for this ensemble. This dress and jacket should not work. They are a clash of patterns and fabrics. The skirt of the dress and the outside fabric of the jacket is finished in a metallic lurex with  a floral print splashed over its surface. The bodice and sleeves of the dress are densely covered in sequins. Matching sequins line the inside of the jacket. Even the sequins themselves are odd, each has an unusual 'tiger stripe' finish on its surface. Everything clashes yet everything oddly works. It is so bad that it is oddly good. Wear the jacket over the dress or wear as a separate. Excellent condition

The dress is interlined in a black silky rayon and closes with a back zipper. Attached ties at the waist. Pockets along the seam at each hip. The jacket is lined in the same black fabric through the sleeves and otherwise is densely sequinned through the interior body. The jacket has no closures and has pockets top set on each side.

Sleeves: 21"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22.5" from neck to hem

Sleeves: 20.5"
Inset shoulders: 13"
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 36.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2980

Reference Photo: 1975 Bill Blass Ensemble on exhibit at Saks Fifth Avenue in Phoenix.

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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