#7370 $2,500Bill Blass "new" couture evening gown
We take for granted the bridge built by Bill Blass, linking fashion to society. Before Bill Blass, high fashion—at least in America—had about it something exotic, grand, and even foreign.
His escapist fantasies came from his mother's back issues of Vogue. "There is nothing like a dull, unattractive childhood to give a bedazzled boy the right push...With little money and no social standing, I learned how to occupy myself." He became perhaps the greatest American designer ever.
I love strong sculptural statements in fashion. This stunning gown, totally devoid of decoration other than one small bow at the top of the dramatic train, is all about thrilling color and dramatic shape.
Made from apple green peau de soie satin, the stylish gown holds its sculpted shape because of the substantial weight of the fabric. The bodice and upper skirt are lined to the top of the train with matching China silk. The gown closes in back with an invisible zipper.
The galvanic green hue and the fishtail train intimate—especially to your male "audience"—the allure and excitement of the mermaid, the legendary sea creature with the upper body of a human female and the tail of a fish. In Greek mythology, the mermaid was a beautiful siren who enchanted every man she met.
We all hope to be noticed; and at least, if not noticed, then missed when we are gone. On a smaller stage, the yearning is the same: that fashion will make a lasting impression and will ensure we are noticed. The great Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad amusingly propounded this idea in his novel Chance (1913).
I asked Marlow if this Powell was remarkable in any way. "Powell was not exactly remarkable," Marlow answered with his usual nonchalance. "In a general way, it is very difficult for one to become remarkable. People won't take sufficient notice of one, don't you know."
Our memorable dress is the definitive answer to Marlow, as it does two things: you will be noticed; and when you leave the room, you will be remembered.
Purchased new several years ago by a New York socialite for $6000, this striking couture piece has never been worn. Haute couture, the creation of one-of-a-kind gowns for wealthy clients, has come back from the dead, thanks in no small part to great design houses like Bill Blass.
The condition is excellent. The gown has never been worn.
The size is marked 8.
It measures: 38" bust, 30" waist, 40" hip, 15" from shoulder to waist, and 59" from shoulder to front hem.