Day dress, Bill Blass, 1991

WAG 2014.34.4

About this object

Bill Blass studied fashion at the Parsons School of Design in New York. After serving in the United States Army during the Second World War, he began working in fashion in Manhattan in 1945.
He launched his own design business in 1970, producing classic American tailoring and sporty leisurewear in high quality fabrics for both men and women.

Due to the success of his business, with ranges of swimwear, furs, accessories and perfume, Blass could afford to collect art and antiques and develop his philanthropy. He donated huge sums to the New York Public Library and to AIDS charities, for which he campaigned throughout the 1980s.
  • Date
  • Maker
    Bill Blass
  • Materials
    Triacetate; Polyester
  • Credit line
    Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Johnson, 2014.
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Craft and Design Gallery
  • Place made
    Americas: Northern America: USA: New York State: New York City
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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