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1980s Bill Blass Midnight Blue Silk Taffeta Plunging Ruffled Dress

The best part of this dress is that it works with that elaborate ruffle edged dip sitting at either the front or the back. That effectively gives you two distinct looks for this dress. It is just gorgeous and made from a midnight blue silk taffeta. As with the best of Bill Blass pieces, the lines are kept fairly simple and it is the fabric choice and the elaborate ruffled embellishment that gives the dress its full impact. The ruffled detailing is intricate and suggests flowers at full bloom, each [packed tightly against the other for a swirl of petals. These add volume and drama to the cuffs of the elbow length sleeves and to that elaborate neckline. They sit high up on the neck on the one side and follow the deep V on the other. I am sure that originally the V was meant to be worn in the back but because of how that side is cut with no seaming to suggest a bodice, you can easily flip it around for a deep plunging front. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition

Fully lined and closes at the base of the V with hook & eye and a low zipper. Hand finished to demi-couture standards.

Sleeves: 18.5"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 14" from neck to waist
Skirt: 43.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2836

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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