On June 12, the industry lost one of its greatest icons, Bill Blass, who in the Fifties was instrumental in establishing American designers as a creative force that could compete on equal footing with those in Paris and Milan.

Nicknamed Mister Fashion Right for his ability to design clothes that were always appropriate, Blass was a perennially elegant fixture in the business for more than 50 years with an articulate, astute and often wicked power of observation. He often spoke his opinions with such unquestionable authority that he also became known as the Senator of Seventh Avenue.

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