Joan Vass (1925). American fashion designer, especially of knitwear. Her best known creations are made of chenille, alpaca and angora. After working for ten years as the curator of the department of prints at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, she decided in 1977 to change her way of life, founding a non-profit organization to help knitters to improve their products and to become better known. And so she began to design for her associates sweaters, hats, and scarves which they would make and then sell. The New York department store Henri Bendel purchased the collection as a whole. From then on, she was on easy street. In the 1980s she presented three lines for men and women.