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1970's Bill Blass Pink Silk Organza Dress

Bill Blass is often lauded for creating a high-fashion aesthetic that is uniquely American. This shirtdress couldn’t be a better example of why he earned that distinction. Inspired by a sportswear basic, it has a point collar, button-front placket, short sleeves and all the ease associated with a button-down. But the similarities end there and what becomes more remarkable is how it diverges.

The shirtdress is made in two layers of luxurious semi-sheer pink silk organza. Its crisp collar, front placket and bound buttonholes are impeccably crafted so as to reveal no hint of stitch work—and the buttons are beautifully covered in matching silk organza. Delicate shirring creates fullness in the skirt, but it is the angled ruffle that artfully lends it volume and enhances its striking silhouette. “No woman can be well-dressed unless she is comfortable in what she is wearing,” Blass once said. With this piece, he puts his belief into reality.


Bust: 32 inches

Waist: 25 inches

Hips: 36 inches

Length:42 inches

This vintage Bill Blass dress from the Seventies is in excellent condition. There is one tiny lighter spot on the collar. It is made of a double layer of pink silk organza. There is no lining to enhance the sheer quality of the fabric. Couture-quality finishes can be seen at the point collar, button-front placket, bound buttonholes and back slit. They are all finished to reveal no stitch work.

The short-sleeved dress has hook-and-eye closures at the back of the neck and a back zipper. The nipped-in waistline has delicate shirring to produce fullness in the ankle-length skirt, further enhanced by an angled ruffle. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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