Blass, William Ralph
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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