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Joan Vass

Joan Vass

THE WOMAN WHO BROKE EVERY RULE


Drawing upon her education in philosophy and aesthetics, Joan Vass set out to work in the art world. 

Beginning as an assistant curator of drawing and prints at the Museum of Modern Art, she then went on to edit art for Harry N. Abrams and as a contributing columnist for Art in America. 

It was during this time that Joan developed an interest in hand knits & crochets. 

She tapped into the skills of local women to produce her first designs. This collection, consisting of hats & mufflers, was bought by an arbiter of fashion, Henri Bendel. It quickly sold out, changing Joan’s career from an observer of art to the creator of art.

Building on the tradition of luxurious knitwear since its inception over 30 years ago, this is a collection of understated elegance.

Classic silhouettes have been modernized using fabrics that envelop the body in comfortable luxury. Soft silk Cashmere Sweaters, Multidimensional Knit Jacquards, Jerseys, and Interlocks are styled in ways that pay tribute to the unique aesthetic that is Joan Vass.


Throughout the decades, the Joan Vass Collection has consistently utilized classic lines and dramatic shapes

to create garments for the quintessential modern woman. Joan’s unique approach, that of eliminating the excess, leaving a timeless, seasonless collection garnered her many accolades, including the Extraordinary Woman In Fashion Award from the Smithsonian Institute, Coty American Fashion Critics Award and the Prince Machiavelli Prix de Cachet Award.

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