bill blass

1980s Bill Blass Couture Red Sequin & Bead Deep Low V Back Top

I am very pleased to begin presenting a collection of Bill Blass pieces from a woman who was a close personal friend of Mr. Blass for many years. Many of these pieces were custom made or tweaked specifically for her and all of them are in exquisite condition, having been stored and cared for properly over the years. These are rare and hard to find example of his work from the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Some may be the only version of its kind that were made. The family would also like it to be known that their portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to charity.

This is an extraordinary top. It is a stunning sequin and bead top that is entirely hand finished and in perfect condition. The sequin and bead work are all set onto a jersey base which is very unusual. It is constructed in the manner of a couture piece with the part of the top that is meant to tuck into your pant or skirt left bare. This allows you to tuck and secure the top so its sits perfectly in place when it is on but doesn't ruin the sequin work where it would be all folded and held. Newer pieces would never do this any more as its extra fabric used whose only purpose it to get the perfect fit. The entire top above that is densely covered in vertically places, overlapping deep red sequins, each tightly spaced for full coverage. These are applied onto the jersey so that the cover every inch of the top. This gives it a good weight but once on this weight is perfectly distributed over your torso. Heavy bead work details the neckline and all down that low dipping V at the back. More beads have been hand applies to detail each cuff for the perfect finish. It is very chic and very glamorous. I love it. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a red silk and closes at the back with metal and nylon zipper. Light padding in each shoulder. Hand finished. It appears to have been worn very little, if at all

Sleeves: 21"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 20" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# S885

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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