Fall 1977 Bill Blass Printed Silk Taffeta Skirt & Off Shoulder Purple Silk Top Dress Set
I am very pleased to have 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 wonderful condition. These are rare and hard to find examples of his work from the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Some may be the only version of the design, colour or print that was made. The family would also like it to be known that their portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to charity.
This gorgeous printed ball gown skirt and silk top set is a wonderful example of the work that Blass was doing in this time period. We were able to date it exactly with a family photo that my client has. The skirt is made out of a fine silk taffeta that is printed with gorgeous ever-sized floral print. The silk has been dyed to a soft golden tone and then the flowers are screened onto that in a mix of soft pastels with pops of purple that pick up on the purple of the top. It comes with a wide silk band that wraps around the waist. The band is finished in a soft earthy burgundy. Circling the very bottom of the hem is a wide strip of a copper silk satin. The skirt is very full and I have not used any crinolines under the skirt for these shots. The fullness that you see is created through the way it is cut and seamed which is incredible. The choice of the silk taffeta also helps it to hold the shape while still keeping it very light in weight. The top is a light silk that has a slight texture running through it. It is made with elastic all through the neckline so that you can wear it on, or fully off, the shoulders. More elastic is used at the waist which makes it insanely comfortable to wear. I love that you can wear it tucked in, loose and easy, or with the belt to really cinch it in. Each sleeve is cut to be very full with lots of volume. Having the three pieces makes it so versatile as you can wear it all together for the full Blass look, or mix and match with modern pieces from your wardrobe. It is beautifully made and wonderfully extravagant. Excellent condition with one small note below
Both pieces are unlined. The skirt closes with a metal and nylon zipper and a flat hook & eye at the waist. The skirt has some very slight marks along the hem. I photoed the worst area but there are some more. You really don't notice them once it is one due to the volume. Please review the photo after the label shot. The top slips on with elastic through the neckline and shoulders. There is also elastic around the waist and each cuff. The waist band closes with hook and eye.
Sleeves: approx 26"
Bust: 20-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: approx 23"
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 46.5" from waist to hem
Matching cummerbund: 30" from end to end
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Fall 1977 Bill Blass Runway. / (2) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
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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