VINTAGE 1980 BILL BLASS COLLECTIONS III BLACK VELVET OR VELVETEEN EVENING JACKET - PERFECT OVER EVENING GOWNS, COCKTAIL DRESSES OR WITH JEANS
A vintage black velvet or velveteen evening jacket by Bill Blass Collections III. Bill Blass and Valentino have always been my favorite. I especially love Bill Blass' life story where he rose from being very poor to become one of the most famous and talented designers there ever was!
The label on the jacket is identical to one on the Vintage Fashion Guild site from the 1980s and my thanks to them.
The Bill Blass III Collections was sold in the finest stores in the past such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and others where you would find other expensive designer clothes.
The color is in a rich black although the photos may the ruffles a light black or grayish shade. The fabric is soft, lush and beautiful.
Black taffeta pleats surround the neckline, down the front and around the bottom of the jacket. I believe the original jacket did not come with any closures on the front but there are 2 hooks and eyes on the jacket which the former owner may have added and can be removed if you wish. I believe it was made to be worn open over one's evening gown or cocktail dress so the dress may be seen underneath it. Fully lined.
I have lightened some of the photos so the detailing may be shown.
A gorgeous luscious evening jacket perfect over an evening gown, cocktail dress, with palazzo evening pants or an evening skirt
By: Bill Blass Collections III
Size: 10 - but this is vintage sizing and it is smaller than today's Size 10 so go by the measurements
Approximate Measurements – This means the measurements of the item listed – not of your own figure. You must be a few inches smaller than the measurements show.
Bust: 35 and maybe 36 if left open but leave a few inches for movement. This is the measurement of the jacket not your bust size.
Sleeve from neck: 29
Shoulder to shoulder: 15-1/3
Fabric: Velvet or velveteen
Care: No tag but dry clean
Condition: Very good - looks as though it was rarely worn - some writing on the underside of the size tag & mark on mfg label
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Since these are vintage items, a bit of extra care needs to be taken with them so they remain beautiful & I definitely would never put a vintage nightgown or a peignoir in the dryer as it would ruin it.
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