bill blass

1970s Bill Blass Black Knit Wool Jersey & Silk Sequin Covered Cardigan Dress

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 is a beautiful dress from the late 1970s, early 1980s that showcases the elegance that the best of his work had. The Washington Post once stated that "Seventh Avenue thought of Blass as the king of American fashion and his work has always been portrayed as quintessentially American". The dress is cut to supermodel length and the lines of it make it feel even longer. Everything about the cut is done to give the girl wearing it one long and beautiful silhouette. The shoulders are soft and the sleeves are long. The dress is cut to follow the body underneath in a way that the fabric just skims over you from shoulder to hem. The fabric is a soft wool jersey that feels like it has a touch of cashmere in it. The dress buttons all the way down the front so feels like an extended, full length sweater dress once it is on. The buttons completely open so you could actually wear this is a layered piece over something else underneath if you wished. Big pockets sit on each hip for that perfect touch of ease. The fabric and cut are in direct contrast to the high evening glamour that is created by the addition of glossy black sequins that completely cover the dress. These are all hand applied and shimmer when the lights hit them. It is simple, yet striking, and has not a single unnecessary seam. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silk crepe chiffon and closes with the buttons down the front. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Very well made with hand finished throughout and hand applied sequins. Tagged a vintage 10 and the fabric does have a bit of stretch. The easy cut should fit a range of sizes.

Sleeves: 25.5"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3253

Reference Photos: 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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