1970s Bill Blass Orange Corduroy and Plaid Pleated Skirt Suit

Bill Blass


Groovy two piece suit from Bill Blass comprising of very 70s staples like heavy corduroy and golden plaid. The A - line skirt has wide box pleats and is composed of a thick gold, light olive green, and red plaid fabric. The orange corduroy blazer has a medium wale, long sleeves, a three - button closure, and a wide notched lapel featuring the same wool plaid fabric that makes up the skirt. This ensemble's color palette and juxtaposition of fabrics will keep you stylish but also warm in the cooler months of the year!

Fits like a 2 Petite
Sleeve Length -22.5"
Skirt Measurements
Waist: 26
Hip: 34
Length: 19

Bill Blass grew up in Depression - era Indiana, where he sought refuge from the bitterness of life in cinemas. Blass looked up to the silver screen and found inspiration in the leading ladies and their fantastical costumes.

Blass studied at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York, funded by his winnings from a Chicago Tribune dress design contest, and later by his commissioned sketches for Seventh Avenue garment houses. Blass’ career and education were interrupted by WWII, where he was assigned to US 603rd Camouflage Battalion, a part of the famous “Ghost Army” Allied collaboration known for their creative deception techniques.

After the war, Blass remained in New York, working under Anne Klein, Anna Miller, and Maurice Rentner. In 1970, Blass purchased and renamed Renter’s firm.

Blass achieved internationally recognition when he joined the American team of designers -consisting of Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Anne Klein with Donna Karan- that was to face off against the French team of designers -Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, and Hubert de Givenchy- in the infamous “Battle of Versailles” fashion show.

Blass was well known for his couture take on sportswear. He would make traditional cuts in luxurious fabrics, with incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail. His opulent sportswear was unparalleled, and in pairing a cashmere cardigan with a silk gown, he found new innovative ways to mix it into his formalwear. Glass was also known to be very hands on with his business, lending his pieces for benefits, and touring and making appearances in department stores that were putting out his new lines.

Clients include: Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, the Barbaras Bush, Happy Rockefeller, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Brooke Astor.
  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Condition
  • Materials & Techniques
    Wool Symmetrical Tartan Allover Button Buttonhole Corduroy
  • Size
    Current U.S. Size
    34 Inches
    24 Inches
    35 Inches
  • Size Chart

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