bill blass

Fall 1980 Bill Blass Couture Sequin Skirt & Organza Pouf Top Dress Set

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.

This gorgeous full length sequin skirt and amazing silk organza 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 shared with me. The skirt is a work of art with thousands of sequins hand applied onto a silk chiffon. The sequins range from a deep green to a navy and then to a glossy black. These are applied in a checked pattern and the combination of the three colors that he used gives it a extra layer of depth. They also catch the light fantastically and in person it has far more life and impact then my photos could ever convey. It has an attached, wide silk taffeta sash at the waist that is finished with a large bow. The skirt wraps and secures along the waist to close. The front edge curves up towards the bow for the prettiest of lines. It falls to the floor in a sleek column but the wrap really allows you movement and the occasion flash of leg when you sit or stride. The choice of the silk chiffon that the sequins are applied, with a second layer of silk crepe behind that, keep it from being see though between the sequins while still keeping it light in weight. The top is amazing. It is made out of a black semi-transparent silk organza and the volume that he has created in it is at a couture level. It is cut more straight through the body so that you can wear it tucked in, loose and easy, or with a belt to really cinch it in. The main body of the top is a double layer of the silk so that you have just enough opaqueness for it to not be scandalous but still feel light and airy. Each sleeve is tremendously full and voluminous and the cuffs are finished with a double ruffle of the same fabric. At the neck there are two ruffles above and below the collar and hidden under the front ruffle is a silk satin bow detail that you just get a glimpse of. A large ruffle  detail on each shoulder's top is the perfect finish. Having the two 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

The skirt  has a second layer of silk crepe under the sequin later and it wraps to close with snaps and flat hook & eye at the waist. You could easily move the snaps and hooks up or down or the perfect fit. The top buttons down the back as seen. The attached sash at the waist closes with flat hook and eye.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from waist to hem

Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22" flat across from side seam to side seam, but will open more
Length: 43" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3288

Reference Photos: 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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