Easy to Wear 1980s Bill Blass Red Silk Crepe Gathered Front Halter Dress
In 1970 Bill Blass was working for the Maurice Rentner label and he had the opportunity to buy the company. He did and once it was his, he re-launched it under his own name and history was made. Blass was arguably one of the most famous of the American designers. He mixed simple styles with luxurious materials and his clients loved it. His evening was spectacular and yet always flattering. He knew how to walk that line perfectly. This is a gorgeous example of his work from this time period. I actually have had and sold a paler taupe version of this dress and can attest that its a great dress and easy to wear.
This is such an easy to wear and gorgeous dress. The red silk crepe that it is made out of is the perfect choice for it to drape perfectly over you while still having just enough weight so that it falls properly over the body. The cut is simple yet still has impact and that red colour is perfect. The interior of the bodice is has a concealed inner panel that closes with its own zipper and is lightly boned. This inner structure is meant to support the bust so you can go completely bare underneath if you wish to. Straps made from the same fabric extend from the center of the bust and curve up to tie behind the neck. The dress drapes down and around you in two layers stacked on top of each other. The inner layer falls to the floor and has a slit up the center for a bit of leg to show when you walk or move. Over that the top layer is set to gather in towards the center at the top and then it splits and curves down and around to the hem falling to a longer length at the back. It is simple, sexy and perfect. Excellent condition
The bust has a full built in inner corset that is lightly boned and closes with its own front set zipper. The dress zips to close over that with a front hidden set zipper over that. The straps tie behind the neck and the ends are weighted. Hand finishes. You could have the inner bust piece expanded and made bigger if needed as the overlay is quite generous.
Inner bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 57" from neck to hem
Front slit: 16" from hem up
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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