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Bill Blass Gold Metal Fishtail Column Maxi Dress, 1980s
Before there was Halston, there was Bill Blass. One of the most iconic American designers, Bill Blass is internationally acclaimed for his tailored, feminine styles. A seven-time Coty Award winner, Blass was honored with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, and was the first American couture designer to launch a men’s wear line. From the 1980’s, this incredible Bill Blass from Bergdorf Goodman gown makes it easy to see why the designer was so celebrated.
Made from an unlisted metallic gold fabric, the dress feels as though it was constructed from metal threads woven into strips, creating a material that shimmers and is somewhat sculptural in nature. The bodice begins with a jewel neckline and long sleeves that reach the wrist.
The simple columnar silhouette of the gown allows the gold fabric to take center stage, falling from the shoulders to an asymmetric, ankle length hem that finishes in an elegant fishtail at the back of the dress. The vertically set bands of the metallic fabric accentuate and follow the natural lines of the body, creating a lengthening effect while also making it seem as if the wearer is dipped in liquid gold.
The hips are accentuated at the front and back with two triangles of the same fabric that are woven on the diagonal to create contrast. The points of the triangles meet at the center front and center back of the gown, creating a V shape at the waist and an X across the upper thighs. A beautiful work of art, this dress is the perfect choice for a wedding or special occasion.
Size: 6 US
Shoulders: 14.5 inches
Sleeves: 25 inches
Bust: 32- 34 inches
Waist: 29 inches
Hips: 35 inches
Length: 59 inches
An exquisite addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this Bill Blass gown is fully lined except for the sleeves, which close with metal covered buttons. The dress closes with a concealed back zipper and has thin shoulder pads attached on the inside.
In very good condition, this dress has some minor pulls to the fabric and a small fabric repair (see last image) at the back near the zipper- please refer to the photos. There is some discoloration on the label inside the dress. 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.