cocktail dress
cocktail dress
cocktail dress
cocktail dress
cocktail dress
cocktail dress
cocktail dress

cocktail dress

Bill Blass, Designer (American, 1922-2002)

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The cocktail dress, which had disappeared from fashion when pants took over in the 1970s, was revived by designers like Blass in the early 1980s.

This feminine summer cocktail dress is beautifully constructed in black and cream georgette. The backless one-shoulder bodice is fitted and secured by a single bias cord extending from the left shoulder to the right back. Throughout his career, Blass’s use of ruffles was particularly effective. The dress is adorned with an array of asymmetrical, diagonally positioned bias ruffles that create a whimsical yet sexy look.

Lorraine DeAngelis, New York; through (Stan Weaver, New York); given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (1985).

Object Information

designer
Bill Blass (American, 1922-2002)
creation date
1981
materials
silk georgette
dimensions
L: 42-1/2 in.
mark descriptions
Bill Blass
accession number
1985.216
credit line
Gift of Lorraine DeAngelis
copyright
© Bill Blass
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors

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