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Bill Blass Floral Print Silk Organza Ruffled Party Dress Gown, 1970s

“There is the cult of Bill Blass from one end of this country to the other,” socialite Nan Kempner told The New York Times in 1999. This dress makes it so easy to see why the American designer had such a devout following.

The ankle-length gown from the Seventies is the picture of femininity in a double layer of ivory silk organza printed with a flurry of delicate pansies in apricot, lavender, yellow and light blue. A ruffled neckline, ruffled shoulders, puffed short sleeves and ruffled tiers enhance its flirty and romantic appeal, while a matching sash ties in a pretty bow at the nipped-in waistline.

Nearly four decades later, it is still a perfect piece for a springtime or summertime party, wedding or semiformal affair.


Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 25 inches

Hips: Up to 36 inches

Dress top to waistline: 16 inches

Dress waistline to hemline: 37 inches

Dress length: 52 inches

This vintage Bill Blass dress from the Seventies is in excellent condition. The ankle-length gown is made in a double layer of ivory silk organza printed with flowers in apricot, lavender, yellow and light blue. The fitted bodice is finished with a ruffled neckline, ruffles at the shoulders and short puffed sleeves.

The full skirt has three tiers, each finished with a ruffled flounce, and a silky nylon lining. The dress closes with a 21-inch hidden zipper at the back. 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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