THE BLASS WORD: Bill Blass did not get around to dedicating his memoirs before his death, but he did pen a tribute to Carole Lombard in a second book coming out in October, “Bill Blass: An American Designer,” which Abrams is printing as a catalog for the opening of the Blass exhibit at Indiana University. Blass grew up in Indiana near Lombard’s childhood home, said Helen O’Hagan, who edited the Abrams book with Kathleen Rowold and Michael Vollbracht. “She was his longest muse,” O’Hagan said, noting that Blass made note of the fact that the actress died in a plane crash in 1942, ironically, on her way out of the state. He writes: “Like her life and legend, it is not without significance. Indiana, after all, is the place where the dream began.” The book also includes contributions from Anne Bass and Charles Gandee and features several images of Blass’ homes.

This story first appeared in the June 27, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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