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Bill Blass : an American designer
O'Hagan, Helen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, Indiana University, [2002]

Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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"Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Bill Blass: an American Designer' Indiana University Art Museum October 4-December 22, 2002"--T.p. verso.
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TT502 .O36 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Favoured by First Ladies, celebrities and women of style, American designer Bill Blass's sophisticated gowns and impeccable suits embody modern sophistication. This volume features over 100 new images and an array of historical images by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Horst, and Guy Bourdin, in addition to Blass's own sketches. It is published to accompany a retrospective of the designer's 50-year career.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A homegrown, internationally renowned women's apparel designer, Blass died this past June at 79. This loving overview, based on an Indiana University Art Museum exhibition, showcases decades' worth of Blass's work in 227 illustrations (190 in full color). Graceful lines, unexpected fabrics, sophisticated ensembles and witty approaches to women's wear are all captured in wide-angle and close-up shots: an abstract floral, painted velvet balmacaan (a jacket that is long enough to be an above-the-knee skirt) looks as fresh today as in 1994, as does a white, double-faced, wool gabardine coat with printed twig motif from 1967 featured on the book's cover. Besides the beauty of the designs, the book itself makes quite an impression: the contemporary shots are perfectly lined up and reproduced; the text is nonintrusive, smoothly fonted and spaced; and period shots of Jacqueline Kennedy, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Reagan and others lend moments of delightful surprise. The foreword by Blass and two brief essays on his contributions to the development of a U.S. postwar style are followed by 200 pages of glorious fashion photography and sketches, interspersed with quotations from the designer and other notable taste makers-a fitting tribute. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved