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1980s Bill Blass Draped Black and White Jersey One Shoulder Dress

This is a striking little dress from one of the Bill Blass diffusion lines in the 1980s. It is not 100% perfect but its imperfections are minor and it has too much style to not out it out in the world for some girls to wear and love it.

The dress is made from a jersey that combines a white bodice with a black wrapped over skirt and a draped shoulder. This gives the dress a bit of a Grecian vibe. The bodice is gathered and strapless, zipping up on one side. Over this is a wide draped panel of the fabric that swoops over the shoulder and then down both the front and back. I love how it is gathered along the top of the shoulder, perfectly tying in the gathers along the side of the white bodice. The other shoulder is left completely bare for the perfect balance to the other side. The bodice is lightly boned to hold it on place. The skirt is wrapped around the body and curves up at the front so that when you move or sit you get a flash of leg. It has its original matching belt made of the same jersey. Overall excellent condition with a note to review below.

The bodice is fully lined in a ivory nylon fabric and the skirt is unlined. It closes with a side zipper. Lightly boned through the inner bodice. Comes with its matching belt that hooks to close. Note that there is a little yellowing/grubbiness to the fabric near the base of the zipper and to a small part of the fabric under the arm that lies under the black draped shoulder. This one you do not see when it is on since the draping covers it completely. Both areas are photoed and can be seen after the label shot.

Bust: to 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: the inner bodice is 9" from top to waist.
Shoulder overlay: will drape to accommodate
Skirt: 40" from top of shoulder strap to hem
The overall length is about 58"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3237

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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