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Bill Blass

Born: 6/22/1922
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Ind

fashion designer known for his classic yet elegant designs favored by Nancy Reagan, Brooke Astor, and Jessye Norman. He was also an adept marketer, putting his name on products ranging from chocolates to perfume to Lincoln Continentals.

Died: New Preston, Conn., June 12, 2002