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Bill Blass began his long and impressive design career in the 1940s. In the 1950s he was head designer for Anna Miller; when Anna Miller merged with the highly respected firm of Maurice Rentner in 1959, Blass stayed on as top designer. In 1970 he bought Maurice Rentner and renamed it Bill Blass Ltd.

He created decades of beautiful clothes - suits, ensembles, day dresses, bathing suits, and evening gowns inspired by the glamorous bias-cut dresses of the 1930s - and he won several Coty awards. In the 1970s he was particularly well known for his smart pants and blazer ensembles, but he also rolled out a line of cocktail dresses in 1975 when his clients complained that they didn't have anything to wear for evening.

In the 1980s, like many designers, he franchised out his name in several licensing agreements.

I am sure this is NOT a licensee dress, however, but rather from Blass's own workrooms. It is from Bergdorf, it has a 1970s style tag, and the workmanship is couture quality - neck and arm facings are carefully turned and stitched by hand, and some of the interior seaming is hand finished. (See my Facebook album for tags and a small peek at the hand stitching of one of the facings. There is also a hand-written 699; I suspect this dress originally retailed for $699.)

It is really lovely; I imagine Bill Blass must have been thinking of flapper girls when he created this dress, with a little art deco geometry thrown in. (I love the way the vertical lines of the bodice become the pleats of the skirt.) It is understated, timeless elegance at its very best - you could wear it a million different places, and would be great for showing off nice jewelry.

It's in a really yummy dusky pink silk - a flattering color, and delicious next to the skin.

There is some faint smudging a couple of places in the skirting; the dress has been dry cleaned, and I do not imagine this will come out. It is not easy to notice these spots when the dress is being worn but upon close examination they are there nonetheless. I am accordingly offering a fantastic designer dress at a very low price.

For more information about Bill Blass, and for photos of the smudges, check out this Facebook album:

Bust: 36"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 36" - 38" (Careful! This dress is not meant to fit snug through the hips; I'd say this will fit best on someone with 35" hips or smaller.)

This dress will probably fit best on someone size 4/6.

Bill Blass for Bergdorf Goodman 1970s does 1920s pink shift flapper style dress


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