bill blass

1970s Pink Strapless BIll Blass w Shawl

Sensual but girly, dramatic but demure, this gown is a study on contrasts and a wonderful example of Bill Blass' work. It exemplifies his view on romantic feminine pieces and yet has a strength of line and cut that contrast the pretty pink and softness of the silk he used. The bodice appears to be a more strip of fabric - it has a black velvet base over which a wide matte silk satin ribbon is applied and ends in a beautiful bow at the front. Inside however a full corseted under piece holds you firmly in place to the waist, belying the appearance of that tiny bust that is seen. The skirt falls from the in a dramatic and soft flow of silk chiffon and is edged in two wide stripes - one in matte silk satin, one in inky black velvet. Underneath is an inner sheath of pink silk topped by yet another lay of silk chiffon. A huge wrap made of the same silk chiffon can be used for cooler evening or more coverage. Extremely well made, very beautiful and in excellent condition

Bust: 16-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam of the built in corset
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam of the inner skirting
Bodice: 5" from top to waist seam
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem
Wrap: 41" x 110"

The bodice is fully lined in black silk with a built in corset through the bodice that is lightly boned and finished with grosgrain at the waist. This inner layer closes with a back painted zipper. The inner skirt is made of silk topped with silk crepe and closes with a hand set zipper to the waist and the back outer later of the bodice closes with hook & eye. Hand finished throughout.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# DD989

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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