Friday, April 1, 2011

Bill Blass: Ruffles and Bright Colors.

SOLD: 1970s Maxi Dress by Bill Blass for Neiman Marcus.

Orange Plaid halter style top with Crepe Ruffles and Smocked Bodice. Skinny Cinch Belt. Size 8 Bust 34-35 Two Neiman Marcus tags found in skirt hem. This dress could have been created in the early 1980s. I found a photograph of Iman Modeling a similar plaid, though varied design for Bill Blass 1982 Spring Collection via the internet. Check it out...


Where to begin... -Gorgeous Flaming Orange Plaid with blue being the next dominating color. Blue stripe is seen particularly in the back view, drawing the eye vertically. -Lovely Crepe Fabric is semi-sheer with orange satin lining. -Sleeveless halter style top is covered with ruffles of neckline. Straps are hidden and are 2 and 3/4ths wide. -Fitted bodice has a low-cut, plunging V shape neckline. -Neckline is also framed with ruffles. -BEAUTIFUL Smocking detail extends just below the waistline giving just a hint of an hourglass figure. -Matching Skinny Cinch Belt. -Full Maxi Skirt hangs from pleats created by Smocking design. -Crepe Plaid fabric overlay; Orange Satin Skirt underneath.


-Side Nylon Zipper and metal hook. -Shoulder strap (sleeveless dress has halter style straps) on top of shoulder, Left side-fastens with three eyelet hooks. -Ruffle also snaps into place to provide continuous design rather than break. -Threads with snaps to hold bra straps in place. -Bodice fully lined with soft, satin-like fabric. -Pinked seams found on side hems. Bottom hem has sewn hem. -Care tags, Red and Blue Union Label tag found in skirt hem along with Neiman Marcus and Bill Blass Labels. Another Bill Blass Beauty: How about Ruffles at the Pool or Beach? The Bathing Suit is currently for sale in my Etsy Shop:

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