Bill Blass, Light Blue/Beige Burn-Out Velvet Ensemble
Two-piece long evening dress. Light blue silk chiffon with beige velvet burnout pattern. a) Tunic style top with bateau neckline, back with slit and three self-covered buttons closure. Long dolman sleeves gathered wrist to elbow terminating in short zippers at wrist. Bodice gathered either side under the dolman sleeve creating a rounded bottom; lined with beige chiffon. b) Long straight skirt. Elastic waist band. Five 11.5" tucks at center back releasing to create back fullness. Lined in a double layer of beige silk chiffon with back slit; lining layers stitched together at slit to act as one layer.
This ensemble was worn by Mrs. Frank (Isabel) Eberstadt. Isabel was the daughter of poet Ogden Nash. Born in 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland, she later married Frederick Eberstadt. Frederick was a well-known photographer and style-setter in New York City. They were key figures in the New York social scene in the 1960s and 70s. Isabel was a graduate of Bryn Mawr and a published writer.
“Bill Blass, Light Blue/Beige Burn-Out Velvet Ensemble,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed February 25, 2021, https://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/4903.
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