bill blass

Fabulous 1980s Bill Blass One Shoulder Black Crepe Dress w High Taffeta Ruffle Detail

Bill Blass launched his label in 1970 when he bought out the Maurice Rentner label and re-launched it under his own name. Blass was arguably one of the most famous of  the American designers. His forte was the ability to mix simple styles with luxurious materials and his evening wear in particular seemed to have of always being flattering on the body. This is a gorgeous example of his work. It is from one of his secondary lines that was done to appeal to a broader audience. It is simpler in execution that his main line would have been but in this case that works in its favour. It is a seriously good dress.

This is a stunning dress and so easy to wear. It is made out of a black crepe that is very light in weight and then that spectacular neckline is done in a black taffeta. The dress is cut to skim over the bodice and then the dress falls from there in a  column to the floor. A slit sits along the seam on one side to allow you the room to walk and also lets a bit of a flash of leg to show. If you wanted more shape you could add a belt or ribbon and it would instantly transform giving you two looks for this one dress. The star of the show is of course that fantastic neckline. It begins on one side and the angles up towards the shoulder on the opposite side. The ruffle increases in width so that it is this spectacular dramatic detail that sweeps up and over the shoulder. It then drops down and curves under the arm. The back is left simple with a single strap that curves around the neck to help hold the dress in place perfectly. You can wear the ruffle so that it sits straight up for the most drama possible or you can have it fold over itself if you want it to feel a little less dramatic. It is just an amazing simple and easy dress to wear with tons of impact. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes with a side zipper. Tagged a vintage 8. Ribbon finished hem. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. There is a tiny little mark on the inside of the taffeta neckline where it looks like someone put a snap at some point.

Bust: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" from top of shoulder to hem
Slit: 14" from hem up

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4366

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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