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Fall 2006 Bill Blass Strapless Strapless Black Applique Floral & Net Dress

Look 44 on the Fall 2006 Runway was worn by Natasha Poly and I have included that reference photo here so you can see how the dress will look on the body. Michael Vollbracht  was the designer of this collection and he told Vogue that he was looking to 'channel' the spirit of the label's namesake. Mr. Vollbracht only designed for the label from 2003 - 2007. I think this was one of the prettier pieces he designed while there and does indeed have that Blass feel to it. The dress is strapless with a more fitted inner dress that hugs the bodice and skims over the hips before gradually flaring out as it nears the hem. The hem of this inner dress is finished with a wide pleated detailing that gives a little extra texture though the top layer and also helps to add weight to hold the shape. Over this is a synthetic net layer that has a huge floral design covering its surface from bodice to hem. The flowers are made up of a black cord and a matte satin and this combination gives them a pretty 3D raised effect off of the netting. The back of this top layer is cut longer to form a small train and the netting also helps to give it a more ball gown feel with the extra volume created. There are little loops and buttons on the back so you can lift the skirts off the floor if you wish. It appears to have never been worn. Excellent condition

Fully lined and closes at the back with a zipper. The net layer closes over the zipper with a series of hidden snaps. The inner bodice is lightly boned and there is an inner waist stay that hooks to close. Fully lined in a silk. The exterior fabrics seem to be a combination of silk and synthetics. There are little loops and buttons on the back so you can lift the skirts off the floor if you wish. Tagged a modern 4

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to inner hem, 48" to back train if left unbuttoned and down

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3140

Reference photo: Fall 2006 Bill Blass runway, Look 44, Model: Natasha Poly

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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