Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery



#4863 - c. 1959/1960 BILL BLASS for MAURICE RENTNER Black Silk Velvet Gown with Fabulously Beaded and Sequin Bodice and Black Velvet Bolero Jacket!  I'm dating this 1959 /1960 from my research through my Vogue magazines, as this was the shape of that year. NOTE: it was also the FIRST year that Bill Blass became the head designer or Maurice Rentner.  He later became VP of that company and in 1967 when Rentner died, Balls bought the company and in 1970 changed the name to Bill Blass, Ltd.  SO... in my estimation, this is one of his first creations with his name on a label! Even without that, it's a fabulous creation! Fits like something Audrey Hepburn would have worn... boat neckline, low scoop back, empire waist to seamed waistline and long slim skirt.  The bodice is superb of silver  sequins, ruby red beads, rhinestones and faux pearls on the gown of black silk velvet. Comes with the original matching black velvet bolero jacket lined in deep rose red silk!  Excellent condition with just slight velvet crush at back skirt and a few missing beads at shoulders (but nothing of importance!).  Measures:  33" bust, 24" waist, up to 36" hips, 53" long from shoulder to hem. A fabulous creation for those of you who wish to feel like a Princess!

SOLD - but on display for Research