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Bill Blass, Spring/Summer 1984

Michelle Honig

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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This collection was all about simplicity, which led Nina Hyde at the Washington Post to comment, “Blass’s clothes have never been more simple, less contrived.” The hems were short because Blass believed that his couture customers had the money to keep their body in great shape. There were bra-like tops under conservative suits for day, and evening gowns in silk charmeuse draped in silk chiffon. Because of the simplicity of the clothes, the models’ hair was more extreme. Critics commended Blass’s

Bill Blass, Spring/Summer 1988

Michelle Honig

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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This collection was inspired by Matisse paintings that Bill Blass saw while at the National Gallery in Washington. Shown at the Parsons School of Design in New York, the clothes were short and full of froufrou due to the influence of “the sugar daddy of bonbon chic” and designer of the moment Christian Lacroix, and his short, little-girl styles. Hems were well above the knees, which concerned retailers servicing working women needing office-appropriate clothes. Even though critics liked his use o

Bill Blass, Spring/Summer 1993

Michelle Honig

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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This collection was a bit of a departure from Bill Blass’s previous collections, with critic Cathy Horyn noting that some of the pieces “seemed to come from out of the blue.” It took place in the designer’s showroom. The clothes were similar to what other designers were doing at the time, being feminine, blousy, and sheer. There were elements of overt sexiness, with a bubblegum pink dress edged in black lace and an ensemble of a black-and-white striped cardigan with the top buttons left open pair

Bill Blass, Spring/Summer 1995

Michelle Honig

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Bill Blass’s 1995 spring/summer collection focused on color and short hemlines, clothes that he thought were “just pretty.” The dominant color was pink—a marker of femininity. That season, fashion looked to the golden age of Hollywood, the 1930s, for inspiration and Blass was no exception. However, while other designers created clothes with tight, long satin pencil skirts that hobbled movement, he ignored that trend and instead made fun and flattering clothes with a twist. His evening clothes wer

Bill Blass, Fall/Winter 1997

Michelle Honig

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Shown in the tents at Bryant Park, New York, Bill Blass’s fall/winter 1997 collection did not have any one particular theme. Instead, he designed simple, classic clothes encompassing a range of styles and looks. There were hints of the 1980s, a decade that other designers—such as Oscar de la Renta—looked to for inspiration for their own fall collections. There were animal prints—ranging from giraffe to python—that glorified the animal kingdom, cubist-patterned velvet jackets over wool pants, and

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John S. Major

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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