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Bill Blass, Designer (American, 1922-2002)

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Blass, perennially inspired by the male wardrobe, tailored this piece in lush machine-embroidered velvet, embellished with silver bugle bead trim. The coat is constructed with a Nehru collar, a component borrowed from Indian fashion, and the fabric used recalls Indian or Mughal influence. Further illustrating the impact of non-Western styles on his design, Blass pads the hemline, which is a construction detail frequently seen in kimonos.

Mrs. John E. Miklozek, Terre Haute, Indiana; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (September 18, 1980).

Object Information

designer
Bill Blass (American, 1922-2002)
creation date
about 1968
materials
cotton velvet, metallic threads
dimensions
L: 38-1/2 in.
mark descriptions
Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner / L.S. Ayres, Indianapolis
accession number
80.279
credit line
Gift of Mrs. John E. Miklozek
copyright
© Bill Blass
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors

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