bill blass

1960s Bill Blass Metallic Gold & Ivory Fused Silk Velvet Dress w Attached Neck Tie

This is early Bill Blass and the fabric that it is made out of is just beautiful and very special. Dresses like this one really show his love of fabric and unusual textures. His earlier pieces especially showcased unusual textile choices that were a contrast to his simple cuts. He continued to do this throughout his career but I feel that the earlier pieces showcase it the best. The dress is made from a beautiful silk velvet that is fused onto a silk chiffon base. This keeps the fabric light and easy to wear. The velvet is extremely soft and plush. The colours are a combination of an ivory mixed with a metallic gold. This is fused onto a black silk chiffon that has a touch of transparency to it and then that layer is backed in a nude-ivory silk. The shape is simple and easy. The neckline is done in a high set scoop and there is an attached panel of the same fabric that ties around the neck. The waist has a seam but is cut to be open and easy. You could add a belt to cinch it and give you more shape if you wished. From there the skirt falls to the floor and gently widens out a bit as it nears the hem. Circling the entire bottom part of the skirt is a full five inch wide finish of ivory silk and a taupe and reddish faux fur trim. The construction throughout is beautiful. It is all hand finished and meticulously done. Excellent condition with one note below to review

Fully lined in an ivory silk. It has ribbon fabric finishes at the inner hem. Closes with a back painted metal zipper. and zippers at each cuff. There is one small area of the hem where a piece of the faux fur fabric is missing. Please see photo after the label shot

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 38.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD2834

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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