Documented 1974 Bill Blass Red Sequin & Snakeskin Print Ad Campaign Halter Dress
This is the second time I have had this dress so despite that fact that it has no Bill Blass label I recognized it right away. It does still have its Martha label in it which is nice considering that its twin was used for the ad campaign that year in conjunction with Martha's, a high end boutique of this time period. It is as good as the first time I had it and is a dress that is a true classic. It is even more gorgeous in person too.
This beautiful sequin covered dress is absolutely stunning. It is also insanely sexy once on the body and it is beautifully made. The base of the dress is a snakeskin printed silk that is backed in a silk chiffon. Onto this are thousands of hand applied clear sequins placed side by side to completely cover the surface of the fabric. This flat application technique for the sequins is more time consuming due to the precision required and it also changes the way the light hits it as opposed to overlapping sequins. It gives the fabric the suggestion of liquid and when you move the light catches the sequins and creates the most magical effect. The neckline is a high and hooks behind the neck to leave the upper back and shoulders exposed and bare. The waist nips in and you can add a belt for even more shape as it was shown in the ads or leave it off if you prefer to not break the line. The skirt falls to the floor and gradually widens out as it nears the hem. It is truly beautiful. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a fine red silk chiffon. It closes with a low back zipper and the halter hooks to close at the very back of the neck. Hand finishes and original belt. I see a couple of sequins missing at the back of the neck near the hooks. Please see the final photo
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 41.5" from waist to hem with just under 3" turned up under the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Bill Blass for Martha Ad, 1974.
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