bill tice

Documented 1980 Bill Tice Plunging Front Red Jersey & Gold Belt Dress

I love when I get versions of this dress in the shop and this one in this deep red burgundy color is extra special and the first time i have had or seen this color for this model. These were made in the 1980-1981 time period and I have included two ads from those years that show similar versions with the same gold belt at the waist. Versions of these Bill Tice pieces have been worn by countless celebrities for the red carpet and events. Lady Gaga wore a version, as have girls like Rachel Zoe & Nicole Richie and every girl that has bought one through me has absolutely loved it. It is just one of those fail-safe pieces that you know is going to work every time you put it on. It is also insanely sexy with that front cut to plunges almost to the waist. But even with that deep front it feels pretty secure once it is on the body because of how it is cut. The way it ties at the waist also allows you to control how deep the plunge sits once it's on. It is made of a liquid, slinky jersey that feels amazing on. This fabric has the added bonus of traveling very well. It is the kind of piece you can throw into your suit case and slip on upon arrival with either flats or heels and you are instantly ready to walk out the door. There is a high slit at one side that shows when you walk or sit and I love the belt. This is a Tice signature. It is attached and covered with a gold lurex on the topmost side. It is cut wide and then top stitched. This adds an instant dose of high glamour and also allows you to cinch in the shape as much as you want. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. It has elastic through the front part of the waist and ties with the attached gold belt. Very light padding in the shoulders. The easy fit and elastic waist should allow it to work on a variety of sizes.

Sleeves: approx 24"
Shoulders: no true defined seam as they are dropped
Bust: open
Waist: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam untied - you can cinch it in a lot from here if needed
Hips: to 28" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from neck to waist
Skirt: 44.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-XL

Item# DD3200

Reference Photos: (1) Bill Tice for Swirl Ad. Vogue US, September 1980.  /  (2) Bill Tice Ad. Vogue US, September 1981.  /  (3) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.

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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