bill tice

1980 Bill Tice Plunge Black & Gold Backless Dress

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 tot he waist and a back that is left completely open and bare. It is made of a liquid black jersey so feels amazing on and has the added bonus of traveling very well. Its 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 Its attached all around the back and then the front ties to cinch you in exactly tot where you want. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on. Ties at the back of the neck and at the waist. Elastic through the front portion of the waist.

Bust: variable as there are not side seams
Waist: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD1992

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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