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Spectacular 1970s Bill Blass Red Organza & Gold Metallic Applique Dress

A few years ago I had this dress in the opposite colourway of a red on gold and I was so happy to have found this opposite version with its gold on red. 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. Even when the dress was as bold as this one is. He knew how to walk that line perfectly. This is an fantastic piece of his work and with its glamorous metallic fabric it is even better. The first one flew and I suspect this one will as well. This is one of my all time favourite pieces by him and it is exceptionally beautiful. 

This is an exceptional dress. It is a stunning example of his work during this time period and these metallic pieces are among my favorites by him. The base fabric is a red organza and it is lined in a red silk organza. Fused onto and through the silk are gold lurex appliques that give the fabric a two dimensional pop and makes it gleam and glitter in the light. That gold appliques cover the dress from head to toe with the red organza showing between. I love how each each applique has a red thread detailing running through the design which adds yet another dimension to the overall look of the dress. The neckline is a cut into a low V that plunges to just above to the high set waistline. The bodice skims over you and then is balanced beautifully by those spectacular sleeves. Each sleeve is cut so that it widens as it reaches its edge and then it is finished in a wide border of silk ribbon and split up one side. That same ribbon edging goes around the neckline and circles the waist in a double row. At the front center of the waist is a fabulous embellishment of coiled red and gold fabric. This all tops the skirt that is set into the waist with a series of soft folds. It flows to the floor from there, widening as it nears the floor with yards and yards of fabric. It is a beautiful and dramatic piece of vintage couture. Excellent condition.

Lined through the bodice in a red silk organza and a red silky rayon through the skirt. The sleeves are unlined. It closes with a back painted metal & nylon zipper and hook & eye at the neck. Hand finishes.

Sleeves: 22.5"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 24.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from shoulder to bottom seam of the 3" band
Skirt: 40.5" from bottom seam at waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3957

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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