Bill Blass little black dress, 1980s
Polished classic was often used to describe the work of pioneering American designer Bill Blass. Whether glamorous eveningwear or casual sportswear, the Blass design is always tasteful and sophisticated. With clean lines and a classic look, the unadorned LBD is an exemplar of the Blass style.
It combines an Empire-style, black velvet bodice with a black silk crepe mini skirt. The dramatic cut-out neckline is accentuated by the understated tone-on-tone design. The dress closes in back with a concealed zipper; the long sleeves close at the wrists with concealed zippers. This fabulous dress is completely lined and impeccably finished.
We take for granted the "bridge" that Bill Blass built, linking fashion to society. Before Blass, high fashion—at least in America—had about it something exotic, grand, even foreign. He created the American casual style.
His classmates at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana voted him "the best dressed and least likely to succeed." His escapist fantasies came from his mother's back issues of Vogue. "There is nothing like the dull, unattractive childhood to give a bedazzled boy the right push...With little money and no social standing, I learned how to occupy myself."
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
The size is marked 10.
It measures: 38" bust, 36" high waist, 42" hip, 20" sleeve length, and 34" from shoulder to hem.