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1980s Bill Blass Sequin & Beaded Black Silk Chiffon Dress

The silk chiffon used for the outer layer of this dress is so fine and light that it seems almost an impossibility that it is so densely covered in the beads and sequins that adorn its surface. The workmanship is exceedingly fine and well done and the final result reminiscent of the fine work done in the 1920s. It is made of two pieces that layer over each other, though I have photoed it with and without the inner silk layer so you can see the work on the outer dress more clearly. That outer layer is covered with hand applied,  teeny tiny glossy black sequins mixed with dense 3D raised areas of bead work. Through the midsection that bead work and the sequins become more elaborate and the pattern denser and it is hard to imagine that this is all done on such fine silk. The cut its easy and it skims over the body with an air of elegance and refinement of past eras. This sits over an inner silk slip dress that is well made enough that it could be worn on its own as a dress. This is exceptional bead and sequin work that is all done by hand.  Excellent condition.

The interior dress is a separate silk chiffon sheath that acts as the lining. This inner layer closes with a back zipper and is bias cut. The exterior dress is semi-sheer and closes with a hidden set zipper at the back. All the bead and sequin work appears to be done by hand. Hand finishes throughout.

Outer dress
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 54" from neck to hem

Inner slip
Bust: 18-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 54" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD1704

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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