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Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner Mod Metallic Zigzag Stripes Coat Dress, 1960s
This magnificent metallic coat dress dates back to the Sixties, when an up-and-coming Bill Blass was still designing for Maurice Rentner, the decades-old American label he would eventually buy and make his own. Classic and glamorous, it is an early example of his celebrated aesthetic. It is impeccably cut from brocade resplendent in zigzag stripes of silver, copper, white, ivory and gold.
The double-breasted silhouette closes below a prim spread collar with six textured brass buttons. Darts at the bodice beautifully shape the figure, while gathers at the A-line skirt and a slightly raised waistline, hem and sleeve cuffs lend it a youthful twist. A buttoned belt at the back ensures it looks just as smart leaving as it does making an entrance. Wear this vintage find dressed down for every day or dressed up for a special occasion. With today’s comfort with pairing high and low pieces, it’s a style that can be reached for again and again.
Size estimate: S/M
Shoulders: 16 inches
Sleeves: 21 inches
Bust: 36 inches
Waist: 29 inches
Hips: Up to 40 inches
Length: 37 inches
This vintage Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner coat dress from the Sixties is in excellent condition, with some discoloration on the lining only. It is made from metallic brocade featuring zigzag stripes of silver, copper, white, ivory and gold. The double-breasted silhouette closes at the fitted bodice with six textured brass buttons. The skirt has gathers at the slightly raised waistline for an A-line shape.
The sleeves and hemline are also slightly raised. A belt at the back is finished with two additional textured brass buttons. The coat is lined in champagne-colored taffeta. It has been professionally dry-cleaned and pressed. 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.