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Museum Held 1974 Bill Blass One Shoulder Glossy Black Sequin Dress w Asymetrical Fringe Hem

This is the second time I've had this dress in the shop and the first time ended up going to a museum. I've actually included that reference photo here for you love it in The Met's collection. This original dress that I had came with an old hang tag that was dated as being from the 1974 season and that makes sense given his heavy use of sequins for that years collections. It is a stunning piece and a wonderful example of his work during this time period and it is always an added bonus to have the twin of a museum piece.

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 a way of flattering the wearer. He knew how to walk that line perfectly. This is a gorgeous example of his work from this time period. 

The dress is absolutely stunning. It is also beautifully made. It's surface is entirely and densely covered with glossy black sequins. Not a single inch of it is left uncovered. Thousands of hand applied glossy black sequins have been tightly placed side by side to completely cover the surface of the fabric. This gives the fabric the suggestion of liquid and when you move the light catches the sequins from every angle. Its cut is simple and flattering. One one side it curves up and over the shoulder. This leaves the other shoulder completely bare. It skims over the bust and waist with no horizontal seam to break the line. There is a suggestion of shape through the waist and then it curves over your hips. The hem is cut on the same angle as the neckline which makes that one side longer then the other. He then finished the entire hem with long beaded fringe. This fringe moves with your slightest movement and  it brings the whole dress to life around you. It is extraordinary and even better once on the body. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a hidden set back zipper along the seam. Hand set sequins and hand finishes. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. The colour is a perfect solid black. Any green or any other colours you see are just the light reflection from the camera

Bust: to 16-17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from shoulder to longest point of the fringed hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4346

Reference Photos: (1) Fall 1974 Bill Blass Runway.  /  (2) 1974 Bill Blass Dress from The MET Collection Online.

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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