Whether you’re looking for a cocktail dress that oozes sophistication or eye-catching daywear to set you apart from the crowd - then we guarantee our collection vintage Bill Blass is perfect for you! Bill Blass is an eccentric American designer with a glamorous style and dedication to designing luxurious womenswear, a skill he developed whilst working for Anna Miller in 1959. By 1960, the Bill Blass name began to make an appearance on the labels of his own creations and he soon became the first American designer to have his own name feature on his designs.
From a very early age, Blass had a true passion for fashion and creativity. At 15 years old, he began making and selling evening wear designs to a New York manufacturer which allowed him to save enough money to study fashion at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.
His dedication to creating elegant and luxurious designs to flatter the female form led to him becoming the first male to win the Mademoiselle’s Design for Living Award at the tender age of just 18.
In 1967, after two decades of designing beautiful clothing, Blass successfully purchased the fashion house Maurice Rentner Ltd and in 1970 renamed it Bill Blass Ltd. Year after year the success of Bill Blass grew. He developed with the ever-changing times by introducing lines of menswear, swimwear, luggage, perfume and even chocolate! Something that has continued over recent years, with new directors designing modern, stylish American sportswear for women with pops of colour and intricate embellishments.
Blass’ methods of design and creativity continued to win him numerous awards and soon became a recognisable name in the industry. Bill Blass single handily changed the shape of womenswear; introducing luxury daywear to the world of fashion and winning him the admiration of icons including Jacqueline Kennedy and Gloria Vandabilt.
His talents didn’t end there and in 1976, Blass was approached by Ford Motor Company to design a special limited edition of the Continental Mark series of cars alongside Pucci, Givenchy and Cartier. The appreciation of his work meant that Ford awarded him with continued work and the Bill Blass edition was born.
His kind heart and generous gestures saw him offer a life-changing sum of money to the New York Public Library and out of appreciation of receiving the money, the library named the Public Catalogue Room the Bill Blass Public Catalogue Room at the Central Research Library at fifth and 42nd Street.
In 1999, after years of success, Blass sold the company for $50million and retired from the world of fashion. Although his designs and style have been admired and respected by new creative directors over the years, classic vintage Bill Blass designs from the peak of his career live on and will forever represent the era that changed fashion.