Celebrity Deaths in Fashion

  • 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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  • Eileen Ford, 92 (1922 - 2014)

    Eileen Ford

    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...

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  • Peaches Geldof, 25 (1989 - 2014)

    Peaches Geldof

    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...

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