bill tice

1980 Bill Tice Cream & Gold Backless Jersey Plunge Gown

I think this is the most coveted of all the Bill Tice designs. A version of it sits in the closet of countless celebrities (Lady Gaga recently wore a version, as have girls like Rachel Zoe  & Nicole Richie) and it is one of those fail safe pieces that you know is going to work every time you put it on. It is insanely sexy with a halter style front that plunges to the waist and a back that is left completely open and bare. It is made of a liquid cream jersey so feels amazing on and has the added bonus of traveling very well. It is the kind of piece you can throw into your suit case and slip on  with either flats or heels when you reach some far off destination and be perfectly ready to go. The front has a high slit that shows when you walk or sit and I love the signature wide top stitch gold belt at the waist. It is attached all around the back and then the front ties to cinch you in exactly to where you want. Note that while this presents as great condition it does have some flaws and has been priced dramatically lower then what I normally price these at. Please read condition notes below before purchasing

Unlined and slips on. Ties at the back of the neck and at the waist. Elastic through the front portion of the waist. The easy fit allows it work on a variety of sizes.

Note that this one is flawed - there are areas of a very, very faint light pink color that is worked into the fabric. It was cleaned twice and these areas did lighten more then when I acquired it to the what you see now. It may continue to lighten more with additional cleanings. I think it was stored with something that bled some color onto it. The areas are very, very light and run up and through the drapes. When I first saw it I did not even notice - when on I feel it is still wearable as is and it would be a shame not to have it worn and loved still. I photoed the areas for you to see - please double click the photos to super-size - it is hard to see even on the photos but that is the best they would photo. The last two I sold of these were priced and both sold at $925 so this is an incredible price for a dress that is not perfect but still sound and wearable

Bust: variable as there are not side seams
Partial elastic waist: 15-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 44" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD2283

Reference Photo: Nancy Kissinger in Bill Tice, Vogue, October 1980.

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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