bill blass

1970s Unlabelled Bill Blass Gold Lame & Red Silk Metallic Dress

This is an exceptional dress. It is a stunning example of his work during this time period and these metallic pieces are among my favorites by him. The base fabric is a red silk chiffon and it is lined in a red silk organza. Woven onto and through the silk is a gold lurex thread that gives the fabric a two dimensional pop and makes it gleam and glitter in the light. That gold cover the dress with the red silk that is left forming the pattern you see. I love how each bit of red has a slightly different weave of gold around its border so you get a different effect and each is highlighted even more. The neckline is a cut into a low V that plunges to the high set waistline and the bodice is balanced beautifully by those spectacular sleeves. Each sleeve is cut so that it widens as it reaches its hem and then it is edged in a wide border of silk ribbon and split up one side. That same ribbon edging goes around the neckline and circles the waist in a double row. At the front center of the waist is a fabulous embellishment of coiled red and gold fabric. This all tops the skirt that is set into the waist with a series of soft folds. It flows to the floor from there, widening as it nears the floor with yards and yards of fabric. It is a beautiful and dramatic piece of vintage couture. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a red silk organza with the sleeves left unlined. It closes with a back painted metal & nylon zipper and hook & eye at the neck. Hand finished. Far more a true gold in person. Unlabelled

Sleeves: 22.5"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 18-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 24.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from shoulder to middle seam at waist
Skirt: 43" from middle seam at waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2778

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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