Bill Blass ultrasuede coat, 1970s-1980s
Bill Blass was one of the pioneers of American casual fashion. He created casual, sophisticated sportswear under the Blassport label in the 1970-1980s. He understood his customer, the well-to-do suburban lady, and gave her what she wanted. The look was assured, impeccably tailored, and comfortable.
The fabulous ultrasuede coat is quintessential Blass. The unstructured style is casual. Yet all the details, like the top stitching around the edges, are crisp and defined. Blass superimposed houndstooth plaid, a staple of the English manor-house design idiom, onto a modern synthetic fabric. The fresh (and unexpectedly successful) result looks almost better than the original—typical Bill Blass design magic!
The coat has a classic tailored shirt style with buttoned cuffs, back yoke, notched collar, and large patch pockets. Wear it with a pair of jeans or with high heels and a skirt.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
The size is marked 8.
It measures: 42" bust and waist; 44" hip; 18" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam; 24" sleeve length, including the cuff; and 32" from shoulder to hem.