Bill Blass, Carnegie Hall Fashion Show, 1990

Bill Blass for Bill Blass Group

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

The American designer was known for his day and evening wear, which was worn by many high visibility socialites and professional women, such as Barbara Walters and Nancy Reagan. He was a major figure in both fashion and philanthropy. This photograph shows his collection of daytime suits on models, arrayed on the double ramps and wide “runway” staircase installed on the Carnegie Hall stage. Bobby Short, who provided “musical interludes” can be seen at the piano.

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  • Title: Bill Blass, Carnegie Hall Fashion Show, 1990
  • Creator: Bill Blass
  • Fashion House: Bill Blass
  • Provenance: May 16, 1990, the stage of Carnegie Hall was transformed into a fashion runway for An Evening of Fashion & Music at Carnegie Hall. For the first time in the United States, nineteen top international fashion designers joined in a cooperative effort to present creations from each of their Fall 1990 collections, in a gala benefit for Carnegie Hall.
  • Fashion Show: Carnegie Hall Fashion Show
  • Season: Fall 1990
  • Type: Daytime suits
  • Photographer: Steve J. Sherman