Bill Blass is an American legend. From the moment he arrived in New York from his native Indiana, a kid of seventeen with good looks and charm, he was determined to be a success in fashion.
Bill Blass was at the intersection of American fashion and society for fifty years. He was the first designer to break out of the back rooms of Seventh Avenue and be welcomed into the drawing rooms of New York; to put his name on a variety of products, including automobiles; and to travel across this country, meeting and dressing women who were taste-makers in their towns.
With refreshing, unapologetic candor and with more than eighty rarely seen photographs, Bare Blass reveals the story of an American original.
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The name Blass signifies the best-made clothes in America and appears on many products, including men's wear, bed linens, and blue jeans. Bill Blass Limited was founded in 1970, at 550 Seventh Avenue, where the business continues today. In his lifetime, Blass was the recipient of numerous industry and public service awards, and was a trustee of the New York Public Library. He began his long-awaited memoir, Bare Blass, in 2000 and completed it shortly before his death in June 2002.From Publishers Weekly:
New York Times fashion critic Horyn teamed up with quintessential American designer Blass to write this memoir in 1999. They finished it just weeks before his death on June 12 of this year. Nonlinear in format-Blass skips from telling of a 1949 prize he won for designing a gingham dress with a patent leather belt, to a 1971 fashion show in Fort Wayne, Ind., and then back to his role serving in the armed forces during WWII-the book has the feel of a scrapbook of memories, which is indeed delightful when one considers the colorful life Blass led. Originally from the Midwest, he moved to New York at age 17 and eventually became one of fashion's biggest names. Written in the first person and peppered with snapshots of Blass with Pat Buckley, Nancy Kissinger, Nancy Reagan, Gloria Vanderbilt and others, Blass's memoir is at once a tribute to the designer and, as he writes, "a typical American success story."
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