1979 Bill Blass Hand Sequin Gold and Red Silk Chiffon Dress For Sale
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1979 Bill Blass Hand Sequin Gold and Red Silk Chiffon Dress

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This beautiful dress is by Bill Blass and is magnificent. The dress has elements of his work that he would touch on continuously over the coming decades and really shows how sophisticated and glamorous he could be. The silk chiffon he used for the base is feather light and has a fine gold lurex thread set into it to create vertical stripes. On the skirt, these lines has a scattering of sequins, applied by hand that run up their lengths. These catch the light beautifully and add another dimension to the dress. The color is unusual and there is a subtle leaf print that is very faint and light in the red at the top of the dress and gradually deepens and takes over the red until it graduates to a chocolate color around the hem. The dress has a nod to the 1930s in its cut but he has exaggerated some elements to keep it modern. The bodice crosses over itself and there is a silk chiffon inset under the semi-sheer exterior layer of silk. The sleeves come out from the bodice and each widens as it nears the cuff. The cuffs are both finished with an 18" band of sable fur that gives them weight and helps to hold the wide bell shape. A brown silk ties cinches the waist and the skirt has a slit up the front to balance the plunge. Excellent condition. Fully lined in a brown silk chiffon inner, attached slip. It closes with a back painted metal set zipper. An inner waist stay inside hooks to close. Hand finished and hand set sequins.All hand finished to demi-couture standards. The cuffs have the slightest of wear to the edges but are soft and supple. Sleeves: 24" approx. Shoulders: no defined seam Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam Bodice: 15.5" from neck to waist Skirt: 42" from waist to hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED Reference Photo: Socialite Slim Keith in Bill Blass (left) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala in New York City, 1979. This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

Details

  • Condition Details
    Cuffs have the slightest of wear to the edges but are soft and supple. Expand description above for full measurements.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 57.5 in.

    D 146.05 cm

  • Bust
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Waist
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Hip
    22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Length
    57.5 in. (146.05 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2800
  • Reference number
    LU1284391691

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