bill blass

Extraordinary 1970s Bill Blass Black Cashmere Front Pocket Evening Dress

I am very pleased to begin presenting a collection of Bill Blass pieces from a woman who was a close personal friend of Mr. Blass for many years. Many of these pieces were custom made or tweaked specifically for her and all of them are in exquisite condition, having been stored and cared for properly over the years. These are rare and hard to find example of his work from the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Some may be the only version of its kind that were made. The family would also like it to be known that their portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to charity. 

I absolutely love this dress. It is an amazing example of the work that Mr. Blass was doing in the late 1970s, early eighties time period. It is an amazing find with its sleek lines and those wonderful over-sized pockets that sit on each hip. It still feels shockingly modern in a very minimalist kind of way. It is made from a remarkable, baby soft, plush black cashmere that feels like heaven to the touch. This fabric choice has enough of a weight to it that it holds the shape wonderfully and feels so very high end once on the body. I love the squared off bust-line and skinny straps in a matching fabric. I think that if you wished you could even wear this one strapless and it would work amazingly. The front has two big pocket for that classic American ease his clothing has. The Washington Post once stated that "Seventh Avenue thought of Blass as the king of American fashion and his work has always been portrayed as quintessentially American". The dress is cut to supermodel length and the lines of it make it feel even longer. Everything about the cut is done to give the girl wearing it one long and beautiful silhouette. At the back the zipper is hidden along the offset side seam and there is a slit at the bottom part of that same seam that allow for just a touch of leg to show as you walk away. Its simplicity is part of its appeal and it looks amazing once on. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a hidden set zipper along the back, offset side seam. It comes with a matching cashmere scarf/shawl that is photoed separately. Very well made with hand finishes and ribbon edges inner seams. Tagged a vintage 12 and the fabric is slightly cut on the bias so it has a touch of give once on the body.

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from top of shoulder to hem with 2.5" turned under the hem
Slit: 17" up from hem
Scarf: 13.5" x 54"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD3254

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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