Friday, October 31, 2008


We have had a literal ball going through the Park Avenue closets (yes, closets, we believe seven closets in the Park Avenue "crib" and lots more stored in the Southampton estate) of one of New York City's best dressed social figures of the 1980s, and 1990s, and today. A muse of both the late great Bill Blass and a great patron of Oscar de la Renta, this particular WWD featured favorite has accumulated a stellar collection of straight-off-the-runway Blass and Oscar samples.

The Blass dress below is an example of Bill Blass's refined elegance and a reminder of why so many bold names turned to Mr. Blass for his impeccable designs. A voluminous sheath or layered white organza with varying width strips of Chantilly black lace this gown is like a time-capsule. One wouldn't be surprised if you send it was designed in the 1940s or 1950s, but it is a Bill Blass design from the 1980s. Yet, there is nothing particularly "retro" about the design -- it's timeless and seasonless. It's what one should wear to a black and white ball. Truman Capote would approve!

Bill Blass lined cream organza with black Chantilly lace panels ball gown, c 1980s. Marked size 6, Modern 4 SOLD

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