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Francesco Smalto, 87 (1927 - 2015)
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...
Frans Molenaar (2015)
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...
Oscar de La Renta, 80 (1934 - 2014)
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...
Eileen Ford, 92 (1922 - 2014)
BETH J. HARPAZ, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley and countless others, has died. She was 92 and died Wednesday of complications from a brain tumor and osteoporosis, according to Arielle Baran, a...
Peaches Geldof, 25 (1989 - 2014)
SYLVIA HUI, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Model and media personality Peaches Geldof, the second daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof and member of a talented, troubled family who grew up in the glare of Britain's tabloid press, was found dead Monday at age 25. There was no immediate word on the cause of Geldof's death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England, but police called...
L'Wren Scott, 49 (1964 - 2014)
JOCELYN NOVECK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — L'Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end...
Sergio Loro Piana (2013)
The Associated PressROME (AP) — Sergio Loro Piana, who helped build a six-generation, family-run textile firm into the eponymous luxury brand recently bought by French conglomerate LVMH, has died...
Aldo Coppola (2013)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Aldo Coppola, a Milan hairstylist who helped merge hair styling with fashion, has died at the age of 73.Coppola's press office on Thursday confirmed his death...
Michalis Aslanis (2013)
NICHOLAS PAPHITIS, The Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say Michalis Aslanis, one of the country's most prominent fashion designers, has been found dead in his Athens apartment...
Rosalia Mera, 69 (1944 - 2013)
ALAN CLENDENNING, The Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Rosalia Mera, a seamstress who co-founded a clothing store in northwestern Spain that grew into Zara, one of the world's largest retail...
Talia Joy Castellano, 13 (1999 - 2013)
ORLANDO, FL -- Talia Joy Castellano, a 13-year-old cancer patient who inspired millions with her unfailingly upbeat makeup tutorials on YouTube, died Tuesday in Orlando after a long battle with...
Kenneth Battelle (2013)
SAMANTHA CRITCHELL, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Kenneth Battelle, the hairdresser who gave both Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe their calling-card hairdos in the 1950s and '60s, has...
Ottavio Missoni, 92 (1921 - 2013)
COLLEEN BARRY, The Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Ottavio Missoni, the patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear that helped launch Italian ready-to-wear and turn Milan...
Manuel Mota (2013)
JORGE SAINZ, The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Manuel Mota, a Spanish dress designer specializing in bridal gowns for top models and high society, has died. He was 46.Mota had been the creative...
Teri Shields, 79 (1933 - 2012)
SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press Teri Shields raised eyebrows when she allowed her 11-year-old daughter, Brooke, to be cast as a prostitute in 1978's "Pretty Baby." A few years later, she...
Anna Piaggi (1931 - 2012)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, who provided inspiration for designer Karl Lagerfeld and was celebrated for her own eccentric style, died Tuesday. She was 81.Vogue...
Vidal Sassoon, 84 (1928 - 2012)
SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an...
Francois Lesage, 82 (2011)
JENNY BARCHFIELD, The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Francois Lesage, the heir of the legendary Maison Lesage embroidery atelier which has long been embellishing Paris couture houses' most...
Margit Brandt, 66 (1945 - 2011)
The Associated PressCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Fashion icon Margit Brandt, whose simple cuts and 1960s miniskirts marked one of the first international breakthroughs for Danish designs, has died....
Jesus del Pozo (2011)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Fashion designer Jesus del Pozo, one of Spain's most influential style modernizers, has died aged 65.A statement released late Saturday by Spain's Fashion Creators...
Jonas Bevacqua, 34 (2011)
JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy on the 33-year-old co-founder of a popular hip hop-oriented Southern California clothing company has failed to determine a cause...
Bijan Pakzad, 67 (1944 - 2011)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bijan Pakzad, a Beverly Hills designer of ultra-luxury clothing, perfume and jewelry, has died.His son, Nicolas Pakzad, tells the Los Angeles Times that his...
Charles Nolan, 53 (2011)
SAMANTHA CRITCHELL, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion designer Charles Nolan, known to have a passion for American classics but skew them with a modern edge and personal touch, died...
Fausto Sarli (1925 - 2010)
The Associated PressROME (AP) — Fausto Sarli, one of Italy's leading high fashion designers, known for his artisan touch and elegant gowns, has died at 83.Alberto Terranova of Sarli's fashion house...
Catherine Walker, 65 (1945 - 2010)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Fashion designer Catherine Walker, whose work was championed by late Princess Diana, has died after suffering from cancer, her family said Sunday. She was 65...
Andre Kim (2010)
The Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Andre Kim, one of South Korea's best-known fashion designers, has died. He was 74.Kim died Thursday, several weeks after being admitted to Seoul...
Giuliana Coen Camerino (2010)
(Associated Press) MILAN Giuliana Coen Camerino, designer of handbags carried by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and others, has died at age 90. Camerino died overnight in Venice, home of the...
Jean-Louis Dumas (2010)
(Associated Press) PARIS Jean-Louis Dumas, who ran Hermes for almost three decades and was hailed as an emblem of French luxury, has died. He was 72. Credited with transforming Hermes from...
Alexander McQueen, 40 (1969 - 2010)
By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press Writer LONDON Brilliant and controversial British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home Thursday after anguished Internet...
Edgar Vos (2010)
By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press Writer THE HAGUE, Netherlands Edgar Vos, the designer known as "the emperor of Dutch fashion" who created clothing tailored for all figures and most budgets,...