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c.1976 Bill Blass Couture Metallic Gold Lurex Knit Dress w Feather Cuffs

I have had a version of this dress in the shop before and I think I love it a little more with each version I find. This one has an attached wrap tie belt in the same fabric that helps to give it added shape. I love these metallic lurex knits from the seventies and when a designer like Bill Blass got his hands on some the results are just magical. The dress is cut long and lean and the design that runs over its surface is a swirl of taupe and chocolate mixed with gold thread so the entire dress has a subtle shimmer. The bodice of the dress has a simple, high rounded neckline. This flows over the bust to nip in at the waist where the wide attached belt in the same fabric acts like a sash to wrap and cinch in the waist. The skirt flows to the floor under that and is cut so that it gently widens out as it reaches the hem. The sleeves are cut so that they widen slightly as they reach the cuffs and they are the star of the show. Each cuff ends in an explosion of drama. Two types of feathers are mixed with gold tinsel strands that all woven together and hand dyed to pick up the colors of the fabric. Really an outstanding piece and beautifully constructed. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a deep ivory cream silk and closes with a hand set back metal zipper. The sash detailing at the waist is attached around the front to the sides and then extends into long ties that wrap to cinch the waist in as much as you wish. There is a good 4" of fabric turned up at the hem if you needed more length. The cut is meant to be looser through the body and then bright in with the sash. If you are not terribly broad across the shoulders a larger size might be able to fit this one as well

Sleeves: 23" to actual end of sleeve, approx 29-30" including the feathers
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from neck to waist seam under sash
Skirt: 41.5" from waist seam under sash to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED, Maybe a small shouldered LRG

Reference Photos: (1-2) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.  /  (3-4) 1973-1977 Bill Blass Ensemble from Kent State University Museum.

Item# DD3160

I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs, fur trimmed & feather pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. All fur coats, fur trimmed & feather pieces are final sale

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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