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Dress

American
1996
Designed by Bill Blass (American, 1922–2002), Retailed by Neiman Marcus (American, founded 1907)


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

Center back: 148 cm (58 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2008.320

Medium or Technique

Silk velvet and silk plain weave (chiffon)

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Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

High waisted long evening dress by Bill Blass. Bodice is black velvet and sleeveless with a scoop neck, bust darts and black laces up the center front. Lining is silk plain weave with a label under each shoulder strap; right “”Bill Blass/Made in the USA/ of imported fabric” and left “Neiman Marcus.” The waistline is just under the bust. The skirt is three layers of silk plain weave (crepe). The three layers are different colors, black, green, rosy pink. Different colored warps and wefts make the green (yellow warp, blue weft) and pink (white warps, copper colored wefts) appear iridescent. The top layer (pink) is slit up the middle to the bodice, the green is under it, with the hem coming up to form an inverted “V” shape and the black is cut straight across. All of the layers have a rolled hem. On the center back of the dress is a zipper that runs down into the skirt where it is attached to the black layer and hidden by four snaps and a hook and eye closure, the pink and green layers are kept out of the way and secured on the inside of the garment with an orange plain weave tape.

Credit Line

Gift of Julia Anderson Frankel