Incredible rare black bead and metal Bill Smith cape and skirt with silk tassel accents. One size. Can be used in a variety of ways as shown. The piece has a hook and tassel design which can be worn in the front or back. The beads appear to be a quality lucite and almost looks like glass. I have had the cape from a large private Bill Smith collection, it’s a documented piece. However; I have never seen the skirt. The cape differs from the skirt as it has two shoulder chains, length differs. Thus, it is indeed a truly rare set. As worn by Isabeli Fontana in Fergie’s Milf$ video.
This one doesn’t have the Bill Smith richelieu tag, but it has tell tail signs-such as the tassels and construction details in the beading that are identifiable as Bill Smith. Condition is excellent with only one space in the skirt which may indicate that it lost a strand at some time. Circa 1969. Around 1968, he became VP at Richelieu and he is Coty award winning jewelry designer.