1960s Bill Blass Silk Ball Gown

 

 

 

Bill Blass loved women and it shows. Whether dressing them in evening wear or sports wear, his clothes are forever flattering and feminine. He also loved using color in his designs, and this gorgeous ball gown from the 1960s demonstrates Blass at his best - the kind of dress that makes a grand entrance. A spectacular shimmery vision of weighty silk matelasse with silver metallic thread and splashed with huge 'watercolor painted' flowers in shades of magenta, pink, taupe, violet, marine blue, bronze and a touch of orange. The bodice has a u-shaped neckline, princess seaming and is very closefitting, in sharp contrast to the poufy sleeves and full skirt. Sleeves have an elasticized gathered cuff, to be worn at the wrist or elbow.  The gown closes with a back zip, and is full lined. Bust measures 37", waist 27", shoulder 16", sleeve 22", total length 54". Sized for no larger than a modern 6, it is in excellent condition with some minor discoloration of the lining, and a small spot on the shoulder where the metallic fabric has oxidized. $725