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Dramatic 1970s Bill Blass Red Silk & Black Velvet Strapless 'Flame' Dress

This is a striking little dress that is made from a combination of a heavy red silk and an inky black velvet. It is done to give the illusion that the red silk has been wrapped around the inner strapless black dress. To give more depth to that illusion a large swatch of the silk is gathered and wrapped over the bodice and then rises above one shoulder in the most dramatic way. This appears to anchor the fabric that wraps around the bodice to the back - enveloping the wearer like a beautiful package. With the way that it points and the fact that the silk is that deep red, it gives it a flame like feel. It is like wearing a piece of art and at the same time it acts as a clever way to make the wearer appear even taller and leaner then she is. The other shoulder is left completely bare for the perfect balance. I love how the black velvet is set in on sharp angular lines to contrast that more fluid feel of the red. This inner construction is lightly boned and shaped so that the dress falls straight down from the bust. It nips in at the waist and there is a black silk satin bow that wraps and hooks into place around you. It is wonderful. Excellent condition with two minor notes to review below

Fully lined in a black silk through the bodice and has a built in inner red silk skirt. It closes with a zipper that follows the angle of the seam at the back. Lightly boned through the inner bodice. The belt is partially attached and hooks into place to close. The point that is extended out has a flat wire inside that is not super stiff. Hence the way it drops in the photos. If you wanted it to be very high and extended it would be easy to open a seam and add more wire. There is a very faint spot on the front skirt that you only see in certain lights its so faint and the pile under one arm has flattened just a tiny touch. Please see the last two photos after the label shot

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of black bodice to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem with 2" turned under the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3500

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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