By Billy Jack for Her, a New York firm designing in the 1970s and 1980s, this glamorous semi-formal dress takes its inspiration from the World War II era. The big-shouldered look was in then, too -- and, like so many gowns worn by film stars of the 1940s, this one has a gracefully shirred bodice that crosses at the midriff and finishes with a jaunty peplum over its ballerina-length skirt. The shape is extremely flattering to any figure, adding curves to those who need them or concealing any excess. An elastic waist and tie-belt ensure perfect comfort through evenings of dining and dancing.
Gathered leg-o-mutton sleeves add further interest, as does that sensational beaded fan at the waist. Billy Jack formal and semi-formal wear is known for its dramatic jeweled accents.
The periwinkle blue fabric drapes and moves like crepe, but has a bit of stretch and is probably a synthetic. The size and care tag is no longer present, but the prior owner believes it's a 3/4 or 5/6. Lying flat, the bust measures 36", waist 22" (stretching to 30") and hip 46". The skirt isn't as narrow as it appears on a hanger; it's meant to be loose and flares slightly. Outer sleeve length is 23.5" and overall length from neck back to hem is about 45".
This is another treasure from the vintage clothing enthusiast who's sizing down, and she kept all her things in lovely condition. I see no flaws here. Even the original shoulder pads are in place (not monster ones, since fabric fullness at the shoulders does most of the job). Most likely dating would be around 1980.
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