Bill Blass. June 2018 – June 2002 The famous Collector of Antiques including photos of his house.
He may have been a legendary fashion designer but he never considered himself a ‘collector’ and indeed said ''I'm not that pretentious,'' nevertheless, he never stopped buying antiques, had eclectic taste and bought items from all over the world. He did his more serious antique buying in London at Christopher Gibbs, Carlton Hobbs, Mallett, Partridge Fine Arts and Pelham Galleries. . Born to a family of modest means in Fort Wayne, Ind., he had to cope with his father's suicide when he was 5 . At 22 years of age he went to New York to work as a sketch artist for a sportswear house.
After the war, he joined Anne Klein and in the 1950's he became chief designer at a women's fashion house, Maurice Rentner. It was often said that Blass ''was able to charm the clothes right onto a woman's back.'' Clients included Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan and many more.
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