1980s Bill Blass Sand Coloured Silk Crepe Gathered Front Halter Dress
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.
The crepe fabric on this late seventies, early eighties dress is the perfect choice for it to fall and drape perfectly once on the body. The fabric has just enough weight so that the drape down the front is perfectly executed, but it is still light enough to feel extremely comfortable once on the body. The simple yet dramatic cut has that nod back to the glamour days of Hollywood that you see in his best pieces. The interior of the bodice is has a concealed inner separate panel that is lightly boned and meant to hug and support the bust so you can go completely bare underneath. Straps made from the same fabric extends from the center of the bust and curve up and around the neck. From the center bust the dress drapes down and around you, curving up at the front allowing for an unexpected flash of leg when you move and down to a longer length at the back. This then tops a second layer of fabric so that the dress falls to a full maxi length. A slit runs up the front so that you get a flash of leg when you move. It is simple, sexy and perfect. Excellent condition with one minor note below.
The bust has a full built in foundation that is lightly boned and closes with its own front set zipper. The exterior layer of the dress closes with a front hidden set zippers that is set along the front middle seam, disappearing under the draping once on. Hand finishes. The ends of the ties are weighted and hand finished. I see one tiny storage mark on one hip. Please see the photo after the label shot. It also comes with a matching cowl like scarf pie that is not pictured but will be sent with the dress
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner bodice at waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 60" from neck to hem
Front slit: 21" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
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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