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Blass, William Ralph (Bill)

Born: 1922 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Fashion Designer


1922 - Born on the 22nd of June in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was an American fashion designer.

1940 - At 17 he had saved up enough money to move to Manhattan and study fashion.

1941 - He excelled in his fashion studies immediately and at 18 was the first male to win Mademoiselle’s Design for Living award.

       - He spent his salary of $30 a week on clothing, shoes, and elegant meals.

1942 - Blass enlisted in the army. He was assigned to the 603rd Camouflage Battalion with a group of writers, artists, sound engineers, theater technicians, and other creative professionals.

1946 - Began his New York fashion career.

1970 - After two decades of success in menswear and womenswear, he bought Maurice Rentner Ltd.

1998 - His company had grown to a $700-million-a-year business.

1999 - Blass sold Bill Blass Limited for $50 million and retired to his home in New Preston, Connecticut.

       - He is the recipient of many fashion awards, including seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award.

2000 - Blass was diagnosed with oral/tongue cancer.

2002 - He died on the 12th of June in New Preston, Conneticut.


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