Bill Blass

Bill Blass, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1922, went to work for the clothing manufacturer Anna Miller after serving in World War II. Once Blass became owner of his own company, which specialized in women's and men's wear, he began licensing his name to products outside of fashion, a trend that would make his company highly profitable. With hands in both the couture and ready-to-wear worlds, Blass had a charming, warm persona and was called upon to dress a wide array of public figures. He died in 2002.