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Documented 1974 Bill Blass Red Sequin Snakeskin Print Halter Dress

I love when I can document a dress and this gorgeous Bill Blass number is not only dated but was used for the ad campaign that year in conjunction with Martha's, a high end boutique of this time period. The dress comes straight from its original owner and was extremely well cared for. It even retains its original snakeskin belt which I have never seen on the very few examples of this dress that I have seen come to market in the past.

This beautiful sequin covered dress is absolutely stunning. It is also insanely sexy once on the body and 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 gives the fabric the suggestion of liquid that runs over the scales and when you move the light catches the sequins and creates the most sensual and magical effect. The neckline is a high and hooks behind the neck to leave the shoulders exposed and bare. The waist nips in and you can wear the belt 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. The halter neck design leaves the back completely bare. 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.

Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 43.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3041

Reference Photo: Bill Blass for Martha Ad, 1974.

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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