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Bill Blass

American, 1922-2002

Venerated designer and philanthropist Bill Blass helped define style for women of means during the late 20th century and inspired generations of fashion industry professionals and enthusiasts all over the world.

Blass designed garments that saw a playful mingling of notes both subdued and bold, and his clothes were comfortable, easy to wear and sexy. The Indiana native was influenced by the likes of Coco Chanel and became famous for refined, simple looks that appealed to prominent women such as Brooke Astor and Gloria Vanderbilt.

Blass didn’t endeavor to produce showstoppers — he worked with quality materials, and his modern designs boasted meticulous tailoring. He glamourized sportswear with chic lines and dramatic colors, and by way of subtle, graceful ruffles or a tasteful application of sequins, he introduced modest flair to his day dresses and evening dresses. Vintage Bill Blass clothing is just as relevant today as it was during the height of his career.

Blass, who spent his spare time sketching red-carpet looks in his school notebooks as a kid, left home at 17 and moved to New York City, where he trained at the McDowell School of Fashion. After finishing design school, he joined the U.S. Army and fought in World War II. When the war was over, Blass returned to Manhattan. In 1946 he joined the fashion house Anna Miller and Co., where he worked as a design assistant for Anna Miller and her brother Maurice Rentner.

Anna Miller and Co. merged with Maurice Rentner, Ltd. in 1959, and Blass became the company's head designer. There he quickly built a name for himself and was soon a staple of the postwar fashion scene, impressing even the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar at the time, Diana Vreeland. Blass expanded into designing menswear and was the first couture designer in America to create a collection for men.

In 1970, Blass gained ownership of Rentner and renamed the company after himself. Blass employed a licensing-based business strategy, and soon his name marked a full array of accessories and apparel, including Bill Blass jeans, watches, home furnishings, eyewear and luggage. Blass's renown and success expanded considerably, as fashion bearing his name became more accessible than it had ever been.

Throughout his life, Blass made considerable contributions to the AIDS care center at Cornell Medical Center and to the New York Public Library. In 1962, he became a founding member of the Council of Fashion Designs of America (CFDA) trade association, which promotes American designers around the world. The CFDA presented Blass with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, and he was the first recipient of their Humanitarian Leadership Award in 1996.

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Designer: Bill Blass
Bill Blass 1980s Vintage Red & Navy Lycra Faux Pocket Gold Button Swimsuit
By Bill Blass
Located in KENT, GB
Product details: Bill Blass - Red Seersucker Lycra Swimsuit - Gold Button Detail - x 2 Front Faux Pockets - Navy Plain Lycra Knicker Label: Bill Blass Era: c.1980 Fabric Content: Lyc...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Salmon Pink Button Up Uniform Suit Dress, 1990s
By Bill Blass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1990s Bill Blass Salmon Pink Button Up Suit Dress Made in China Size Label 4 Measurements (taken flat): Shoulders - seam to seam: 22" Sleeve - shoulder seam to sleeve hem: 4.25" Arm...
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1990s Bill Blass

Bill Blass For Bonwit Teller Safari Shirt Jacket
By Bill Blass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bill Blass For Bonwit Teller Safari Shirt Jacket 1970's vibrant blue polish cotton shirt jacket with four front pockets and round wooden buttons. Measurements: 29 1/2 inches front ...
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1970s Bill Blass

Bill Blass for Neiman Marcus Brown/White Silk Chemise Dress NWT Plus Size 18
By Bill Blass, Bill Blass for Neiman Marcus
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Such a chic classic silk chemise designed by the late Bill Blass. NWT. (never worn) Purchased at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. Retailed for $2100. Rare size 18. The modern silk print ...
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1990s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Warm Browns and Ivory "Multi Profile" Silk Scarf
By Bill Blass
Located in New York, NY
Bill Blass "Limited Edition" wonderfully detailed in warm shades of browns and ivory "Multi Profile" silk jacquard scarf is accented with hand-rolled edges. Made in Italy. Sma...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Striped Sequined Top
By Bill Blass
Located in New York, NY
Bill Blass, sequins, on chiffon, pastel toned, striped top having a jeweled neckline, narrow silhouette, and long sleeves. Top ends above the hip with a back zipper closure.
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1990s Bill Blass

Vintage Bill Blass Beaded Black Long Sheer Evening Skirt W Sequins & Beads
By Bill Blass
Located in Portland, OR
This stunning vintage Bill Blass sheer black silk skirt is beautifully beaded and has sequins throughout. The sequins are a silver and gold mix and the beads are black. The skirt has...
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1990s Bill Blass

Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner Mod Metallic Zigzag Stripes Coat Dress, 1960s
By Bill Blass
Located in Boca Raton, FL
This magnificent metallic coat dress dates back to the Sixties, when an up-and-coming Bill Blass was still designing for Maurice Rentner, the decades-old American label he would even...
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1960s Bill Blass

Vintage 1980s Bill Blass Red and Black One Shoulder Sequin Gown
By Bill Blass
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage 1980s Bill Blass Red and Black One Shoulder Sequin Gown sequin one gown with slit on the side. Sexy and Fun Vintage cocktail dress. B: 32-34" (fabric has some stretch) Wais...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass by Michael Vollbracht Black and White Lace Tulip Hem 2000s Dress
By Bill Blass, Michaele Vollbracht
Located in San Diego, CA
Elegant and rare early 2000s BILL BLASS by MICHAEL VOLLBRACHT black and white lace cocktail dress. This is an extra special piece, as Michael Vollbracht sadly passed away earlier l...
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Early 2000s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Vintage Black Sequin Suit With Removable Fox Collar & Cuffs Size 6-8
By Bill Blass
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This very chic suit was made for a friend/client of Mr. Bill Blass. It possibly is one of a kind. The two piece set includes a slim flattering shape skirt and an amazing cardigan jac...
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1970s Bill Blass

Bill Blass 1980's Pink Silk Party Dress with Pearl Straps and Bow in Back
By Bill Blass
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Bill Blass 1980's Pink Silk Party Dress with Gobsmacking Pearl Straps in Back So beautiful, much prettier in person. This is exquisite, please use the zoom feature to see details. S...
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1970s Bill Blass

Vintage Grey Wool Bill Blass Unique Pleated Blazer Jacket & Skirt Suit
By Bill Blass
Located in Portland, OR
This is such a unique vintage wool skirt and jacket suit designed by the iconic American designer Bill Blass. We love finding vintage Bill Blass pieces like this and this is a great ...
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Late 20th Century Bill Blass

Bill Blass Vintage Deadstock Black Ruffled One Piece Swimsuit W Plunging Back
By Bill Blass
Located in Portland, OR
This is a new vintage deadstock Bill Blass Beachwear black ruffled one piece swimsuit with its original tags still attached. We love the low v-neck with layered ruffle details and t...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass winter white cashmere classic double breasted coat 1970s
By Bill Blass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Bill Blass winter white cashmere classic double breasted coat from the 1970s. The classic coat that never goes out of style, here in winter white, closest to Pantone Winter white, u...
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1970s Bill Blass

Beautiful Bill Blass Vintage Sz 6 / 8 Navy Blue Silk Satin 90s Gown + Shawl
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful 1990s BILL BLASS Couture navy blue silk satin strapless mermaid gown and matching shawl. Strapless bodice features a super soft silk velvet in navy. Interior support holds ...
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1990s Bill Blass

1970's Bill Blass Navy Blue Sequin Evening Gown
By Bill Blass
Located in New Hope, PA
A classic 1970's shape, V shaped neckline, long sleeves, and a body skimming silhouette are key elements of this dress from Bill Blass. It is a sheer navy silk lined in navy silk. Th...
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1970s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Cashmere Blend Wool Houndstooth Jacket
By Bill Blass
Located in Atlanta, GA
This Bill Blass 1980’s cashmere blend wool jacket mixes two houndstooth fabrics combining a pale camel and creme check with a black and creme check at the collar and pockets. The un...
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Late 20th Century Bill Blass

Bill Blass Pink White Polka Dot Hand Painted Fit and Flare Vintage Dress, 1990
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic 90s BILL BLASS pale pink and white hand painted polka dot fit n' flare cocktail silk taffeta dress! Features large handpainted polka dots throughout. Attached white lace underla...
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1990s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Lacquered Lace Over Black silk chiffon Evening Dress 1970s 12
By Bill Blass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Bill Blass lacquered lace black silk chiffon evening dress from the 1970s. This beautiful evening gown has never been worn and still has the original tags. Jewel neckline dress has l...
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1970s Bill Blass

New w/ Tags 1980s Bill Blass Size 8 One Black One Piece 80s Swimsuit / Bodysuit
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Flattering and chic deadstock ( never worn with original tags ) late 1980s vintage BILL BLASS one shoulder one piece swimsuit or bodysuit ! Features a flamenco style neckline with th...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Demi Couture Gold Bronze Brown Faux Fur Vintage Gown, 1960s
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Sensational 60s BILL BLASS demi couture long sleeve faux fur evening gown! Features flower prints in gold, rose gold, and brown on metallic silk. Long sleeves feature brown faux fur ...
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1960s Bill Blass

1990s Bill Blass Couture Red Thigh Slit Full Length Sleeveless Asymmetric Gown
By Bill Blass
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a beautiful red full-length sleeveless Bill Blass Couture gown. From the 1990s, this elegant and timeless column style gown features an asymmetric neckline with...
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1990s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Blush Pink Silk Sleeveless Sheath Dress c 1970
By Bill Blass
Located in University City, MO
BILL BLASS Blush pink silk sleeveless sheath dress c 1970 The elegant dress is designed with luxurious pale pink silk The chic dress drapes beautifully with the lavish silk fabric ...
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1970s Bill Blass

Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner 1960s Silk Velvet Gown and Cape
By Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner, Bill Blass
Located in Water Mill, NY
An incredible black silk velvet gown and cape by Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner. The sleeveless gown is cut simply skimming the body flaring subtly to the hem. It is enhanced with a...
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1960s Bill Blass

1970s Bill Blass Lace Dress in Black (S)
By Bill Blass
Located in Port Hope, ON
Made for Saks Fifth Ave, this flower pattern lace dress has a sheer and scalloped bust (top), and sleeves. The hem and front panel of the dress also have a scalloped pattern. The d...
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1970s Bill Blass

Two Bill Blass Couture Beaded Tops. New Still Retaining Their Original Pricetag
By Bill Blass, Bill Blass for Neiman Marcus
Located in Buchanan, MI
Two Bill Blass Couture Beaded Tops. New Still Retaining Their Original Pricetags. Priced Per Top. THE FIRST Nude silk chiffon with red thread circle embroidered jewel neck sleevel...
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20th Century Bill Blass

Bill Blass Red Lace Vintage Long Evening Runway Dress Spring Summer 1997
By Bill Blass
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage Bill Blass Spring Summer 1997 runway dress is simply incredible! This stunning evening dress is in a gorgeous, intricate red lace and it has a nude silk slip underneath....
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20th Century Bill Blass

Bill Blass Black Babydoll Dress Size 8
By Bill Blass
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Bill Blass Black Babydoll Dress Product details: Black striped textured pattern Featuring spaghetti straps, measure 6" on the front and 10.5" on the back One pocket on each side R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bill Blass

1960 Bill Blass Documented Floral Print Silver Brocade Gown W/Rhinestone Belt
By Bill Blass
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960 Bill Blass Documented Floral Print Silver Brocade Gown W/Rhinestone Belt. Wild botanical print border design is stunning! Beige silk taffeta lining, large balloon sleeves w/ br...
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1960s Bill Blass

1990s Bill Blass Chocolate Brown Silk Chiffon Rhinestone Strapless Gown + Shawl
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Exquisite vintage early 90s BILL BLASS Couture chocolate brown silk chiffon rhinestone encrusted evening gown and large matching shawl / wrap ! Features multiple layers of luxurious ...
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1990s Bill Blass

Red and navy check plaid coat Bill Blass Signature
By Bill Blass
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Red and navy check plaid coat. Zip in the front and on both side ( length= 22 cm)
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1970s Bill Blass

Bill Blass 1990s Black Sexy Cut Out Size 6 / 8 One Piece 90s Swimsuit Bodysuit
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy early 90s BILL BLASS one piece Grecian style swimsuit or bodysuit ! Features a metallic gold and silver rope cut-out detail ( one side light gold, the other silver ) down the fr...
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1990s Bill Blass

BILL BLASS c.1980’s Orange Houndstooth Trim Short Sleeve Button Up Day Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in Thiensville, WI
BILL BLASS c.1980’s Orange Houndstooth Trim Short Sleeve Button Up Day Dress Circa: 1980’s Label(s): Bill Blass Dress Designer: Bill Blass Style: Sheath day dress Color(s): Shades ...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner Lace Dress and Matching Coat with Lace Sleeves
By Bill Blass, Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner
Located in New Hope, PA
This is a great example of the early work Bill Blass did for Maurice Rentner in the 1960's. The dress has glittering jeweled straps above an Empire waist. The white tape lace A line...
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1960s Bill Blass

Vintage Bill Blass Gold Blue & Ivory Mini Paillette Sequin Cropped Jacket
By Bill Blass
Located in Portland, OR
This gorgeous vintage Bill Blass evening jacket is completely covered in mini blue, white and gold paillettes. The jacket has ivory braided trim and is open in the front. This would ...
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1980s Bill Blass

New York Living Rooms Photography Book, 1998
By Bill Blass, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Atlanta, GA
New York Living Rooms is a 114 page hardback book of Polaroid photographs by Dominique Nabokov of over 70 living quarters of celebrated New Yorkers including fashion designers, artis...
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1990s Bill Blass

1980 Bill Blass Matisse Print Silk Chiffon Overlay & Matching Shift Dress Set
By Bill Blass
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Bill Blass beautiful Matisse-inspired floral print silk cocktail dress with matching silk chiffon overlay. This 2-piece ensemble is cut in a 1920s shift style and is sooooo chi...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Vintage Sheer Black Lace Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in Sparks, NV
Darling vintage sheer black lace dress by Bill Blass. Sweetheart neckline with sheer sleeves and upper back. Rear zip and hook closure. The marked size is a US 6 and the dress fits t...
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1980s Bill Blass

1980s Bill Blass Satin Floor Length Evening Gown
By Bill Blass
Located in Austin, TX
1980s Bill Blass Satin Floor Length Pleat Front Bodie Evening Gown Condition: Excellent Blue and yellow size M / us 6 27.25" bust, 29.5" waist, 34" hips, 51.25" length
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass 1970s Pea Coat
By Bill Blass
Located in Alford, MA
Nicely styled and fashioned Bill Blass pea coat from the 1970s in beige gabardine. Double breasted with nautical-theme buttons, tabs at the wrists and at the neck, and straight, slas...
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1970s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Black Lace Dot Silk Chiffon Mermaid Gown with Sequins, 1980s
By Bill Blass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Bill Blass Black Lace with sequins and Silk Dot Chiffon Mermaid Gown from the 1980s. Wide bands of black sequined lace alternate with narrower bands of black silk dot chiffon and cre...
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1980s Bill Blass

1970 Bill Blass Ombré Polka Dot Silk Chiffon Gown in Taupe and Pink
By Bill Blass
Located in San Francisco, CA
A slinky, gorgeous 1970s Bill Blass ombre polka-dot silk chiffon gown: A beautiful taupe to pink ombre 4-layer flowing skirt with a spaghetti strap bodice. Back zipper. Modern size 8.
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1970s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Floral Spring Silk Square Neckerchief
By Bill Blass
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Pretty and chic from the American designer BILL BLASS. 31" square silk neckerchief featuring a black and multicolor floral pattern encased in a vibrant red border. COLOR: Multicolo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bill Blass

1980s Bill Blass Size 10 / 12 Flamenco One Piece Convertible Halter Swimsut
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Amazing late 80s BILL BLASS flamenco style one piece convertible halter swimsuit or bodysuit ! Features a black bodice with pink, yellow and blue ruffles. Hidden interior buttons att...
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1980s Bill Blass

1980's BILL BLASS metallic copper leather jacket
By Bill Blass
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Dramatic, metallic-copper leather jacket with pleated puff sleeves designed by Bill Blass dating to the 1980's. U.S. size 4. Approximate measurements: shoulder 16", bust 33-34", wais...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Beaded Tulle Party Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
A stunning short, sleeveless evening dress by iconic American fashion designer, Bill Blass. In a grey ruffle and layered tulle with beads and sequins throughout giving a 60s inspired...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bill Blass

Bill Blass Cocktail Dress with Bold Floral Applique LBD Sz 10 Vintage
By Bill Blass
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned and vintage Bill Blass Black Cocktail Dress with sculptural floral appliqué, likely made in the late 70s. A chic little black dress with a twist! It features an i...
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1970s Bill Blass

Vintage Bill Blass Black Knit Jacket & Skirt Suit with Rhinestone Buttons
By Bill Blass
Located in Portland, OR
This lovely Bill Blass vintage 2 piece black wool blend crepe suit includes an unlined jacket with rhinestone and black buttons down the center front and a straight skirt. This light...
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1990s Bill Blass

Vintage Bill Blass Black Velvet Gold Metallic Halter Strapless Evening Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Before there was Halston, there was Bill Blass as the epitome of American style. Blass’ rise around the 1940s led him to be one of the most prominent women’s designers for multiple b...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Guipure Lace Blouse
By Bill Blass
Located in New York, NY
Bill Blass, ivory, Guipure Lace, cropped, blouse, having long sleeves that billow at the arm and a "guantlet" wrist, where the sleeve "drips" down the hand. Blouse has a V neckline w...
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Early 2000s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Mocha Chiffon Pleated Gown w/ Belt
By Bill Blass
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Bill Blass (label missing) 1970's pleated mocha chiffon evening gown. The gown has spaghetti straps and an unlined skirt. Zips up the back and has a matching skinny mocha suede belt ...
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1970s Bill Blass

Vintage Bill Blass Size 6 Black and White Gingham 1980s Silk Taffeta 80s Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful late 80s BILL BLASS Size 6 black and white gingham silk taffeta dress with hot pink bows. Fit and flare style with a boned tailored bodice and full forgiving skirt. Hidden ...
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass New 1970s Flower Applique Shirt
By Bill Blass
Located in Water Mill, NY
An incredible black silk shirt, blouse, jacket from Bill Blass It has a lapel collar and full sleeves with fold back cuffs. The jacket is covered in hand made silk flower appliques...
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1970s Bill Blass

BILL BLASS Size 8 Pink & Purple Rhinestone Snake Skin Cropped Jacket
By Bill Blass
Located in San Francisco, CA
This fabulous 1980's BILL BLASS jacket comes in pink and purple custom colored Snake skin with a collarless neckline, cropped hem, three jewel button closure, and multi color rhinest...
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1980s Bill Blass

Red cocktail dress in lace and plumetis tulle Bill Blass
By Bill Blass
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Red cocktail dress in lace and plumetis tulle
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1980s Bill Blass

Bill Blass Vintage Gingham Jacket with Feather Collar & Cuffs
By Bill Blass
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Bill Blass Vintage Jacket with Feather Collar & Cuffs -- Featured in a black and white gingham pattern with a velvet tie at the neck, maribou feather trim collar and removable cuff t...
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Late 20th Century Bill Blass

Gorgeous Bill Blass Couture Vintage 1970s Royal Blue Silk Satin Belted 70s Dress
By Bill Blass
Located in San Diego, CA
Sensational vintage BILL BLASS Couture royal blue silk satin dress! This gem was completely hand-sewn, and is numbered. Features a fitted bodice with a flattering full skirt, with a ...
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1970s Bill Blass

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