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Celebrity Deaths in Fashion

  • Christian Audigier, 57 (1958 - 2015)

    Christian Audigier

    Christian Audigier, the French-born U.S. fashion designer known best for the Ed Hardy clothing line, has died of bone cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 57. At the time of his death, Audigier's net worth was estimated at more than $250 million.

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  • Madame Carven (2015)

    Madame  Carven

    By THOMAS ADAMSON, The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Madame Carven, the ready-to-wear and perfume pioneer who founded the fashion house Carven in 1945, has died. She was 105.France's fashion federation says that she died in Paris on Monday.Madame Carven, whose real name was Marie-Louise Carven-Grog, was a contemporary of Christian Dior — and was one of Paris' most sought after designers...

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  • Francesco Smalto, 87 (1927 - 2015)

    Francesco Smalto

    The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Francesco Smalto, an Italian-born designer who fashioned clothes for world leaders and celebrities, died at age 87, his fashion house said in a statement Monday. The Smalto fashion house praised his ability to "reconcile virility, mystery and sensitivity" in his menswear designs and create clothes for "the most demanding men on the planet." Moroccan...

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  • Frans Molenaar (2015)

    Frans Molenaar

    The Associated PressTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Frans Molenaar, a versatile Dutch fashion designer whose clothes graced catwalk models, royalty and garbage men, has died at age 74.Molenaar's design house says he died in an Amsterdam hospital on Friday following a fall at his home Dec. 22.Fellow designer Mart Visser told national broadcaster NPO Radio 1 on Monday that Molenaar was a pioneer in...

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  • Oscar de La Renta, 80 (1934 - 2014)

    Oscar de La Renta

    SHELLEY ACOCA, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs. At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of...

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