Friday, January 09, 2009


Tee-shirt dressing is not a phenomenal that started in the last few years with the influx of American Apparel stores, C&C Company long sleeve jerseys, or over sized boyfriend's Calvins (belted over tights). Rather, the "T" has been interpreted in many ways, but remains a popular American signature of casual and elegant style. This Bill Blass dress is testament to American chic: it's a blue and white stripe jersey tee that connects to a gazar floor length skirted and is belted at the waist. In All-American blue and white, this dress represents American, minimal glamour at its finest. The original owner recalls wearing this Blass runway sample to spring parties in the Hamptons when people hosted evening dances in their homes circa the late 1970s. Today, we love it with a pair of metallic Vivier flat evening shoes and a Seaman Schepps "Mousetrap" bracelet. A great Loro Piana cashmere sweather tied around your shoulders would complete this C.Z. Guest-inspired look. During this challenging time for the fashion world, we are very inspired by classic and minimal American designs of the 1960s and 1970s. American fashion defined a casual elegant style that others copied. This is a moment for a great renaissance of American chic style.

Bill Blass navy and white stripe jersey tee-shirt dress with gazar skirt and waist, c. late 1970s. Runway sample and size -- Modern size 4 SOLD
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