bill blass

1970s Bill Blass Strapless Silk Chiffon & Floral Lace Dress

I love Bill Blass pieces. Blass was pne of the premiere Americal designers and was known for his effortless chic. He won countless awards including seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award. This dress would have been made while he was still running the company and it has many of his hallmarks, A love of simplicity, the mixing of great fabrics and a bit of a subtle play on sexuality that never crossed the line. The body of the dress is made of a mix of fabrics that add to its visual interest. The skirt and draped panels on the bodice and back are a black silk chiffon that is hand set into place. This creates that feel of softness and lightness that the dress has. When you move the skirt twirls and moves with you. It is cut to hug your curves and shape the body. The bodice has interior boning to form and shape the bust. The base layer is a nude silk that gives the illusion from the distance that you are seeing bare skin through the black lace. The lace is a heavy thread that forms little 3D flowers set into the pattern. These peek out as if it is a separate piece set under the draping and adds to the sensuality of the dress. It is wonderful. Excellent condition

Fully lined in black sueded silk and with a silk inner corseting that is boned and adds support. It closes with a back set zipper and the black chiffon panels wrap over it and hook down one side. Inner attached waist stay for added support.

Bust: 15-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2989

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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