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“Very sorry to hear about Michael's passing! My condolences to his family. I worked for Michael as a bookkeeper in the 80's for 2yrs. I can still...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Henry Gutierrez - Perris, CA

“I was blessed to know Michael. He was my landlord, and living across the street from him, I was lucky enough to share many dinners with him and...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Helen Hyatt

“Dear Michael - Eternal rest. Your generosity in coming to our aid for the Fashion Show was an act of unbelievable kindness. Your dazzling creations...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Blanche Awad - Los Angeles, CA

“Michael and Robert visited us many years ago at our Avalon Street Community. Michael continued to keep in touch for many years with his generous...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Brother Robert Werle FSC - TN

“I've heard of Michael all my life and was told about his success. My paternal grandmother was a Novarese. Can someone tell me how we are connected....Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Jo Hall - Memphis, TN

“I was saddened to see Michael's obituary. I was employed by Michael for many years as a harpist for his fashion shows during the 1960's and 1970's. I...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Stella Castellucci - Glendale, CA

“He is and will always be my Uncle. He was for years my mentor and friend. I am thankful for the times we had together and very very proud to have...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Michael J. Novarese - Germantown, TN

“DEAR ROBERT: SORRY TO LEARN OF MICHAEL`S PASSING. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF YOUR FUN DINNER PARTIES AND MICHAEL AT YOUR STOVE WITH HIS GREAT HUMOR.HE...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: WYNN NEWMAN - STUDIO CITY, CA

“I had the pleasure of working for over 20 years with Michael. He always made me feel comfortable in his presence with his great sense of humor. I...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Ron Rimmon - Los Angeles, CA

“Relative in Memphis ,TN ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Joan Locardi Buie - Memphis, TN

“Thank you for being a part of my life. I know it had been a time since we last seen one another but you were in my thoughts constantly. You will be...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: David Britt - Altadena, CA

“Robert, My heart is so sad for you, Michael was so fabulous, so full of life. He was so wonderful to my mother Patty, and i know that she met him...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Megan Williams - Park City, UT

“Michael was true and great designer he had much style and class, One of my favorite peices in my wardrobe--- he selected for me, and I will always...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Robert Blackshear - los angeles, CA

“Such happy memories of being with you and Robert over the years. Loved the way you, Michael, rolled your eyes when "your" client wasn't behaving! ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Nancy Gordon-Zaslove - CA

“Oh, Michael - the world just won't be the same without you - my condolences to Robert and Michael's many family members. He will be missed with a...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Ginny Kaneen Quigley - CA

“The death of Michael has touched me more than anyone could imagine. For Michael was the only person I've ever known who was bigger than life itself!...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Jack "TEX" Thomas - DALLAS, TX

“Michael had it all: wit, style, charm, talent, sensitivity, and a willingness to share. He was lucky as well,to find someone as loving and caring as...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Toni & Larry Greene - friends

“You will be sorely missed.Robert,my deepest sympathy.Regards,Richie. ”
18 of 31 | Posted by: Richard EGAN - West Hollywood, CA

“You are in our thoughts and prayers.... Michael..May you Rest in Peace Robert...I think of you daily... Marcy, Tom & Kirk ”
19 of 31 | Posted by: Marcy Bucy - Sunland, CA - Friend

“Rest in peace my dear friend. I will always be grateful for the countless hours of laughter you brought into my life, not to mention all the drama,...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: JOHN A AIELLO - LOS ANGELES, CA

“Michael was an incredible gentle man! Talented beyond belief! He designed dresses for so many of our AIDS related events. Patti and I send Robert our...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: MICHAEL J. ROTH, M.D. - PAC PAL, CA

“Michael, You were always a joy and we always looked forward to seeing you after Mass. We will, have, missed seeing you these past months, but your...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Terence van Vliet and Jan Keller - CA

“Michael, May you finally rest in peace, never knowing pain again. Robert, My condolences on your loss. Rejoice in the knowledge that now there is...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Michael Black - Los Angeles, CA

“Robert, please know that you are being thought of at this difficult time. Please know that i share in your loss. Sincerely, Joe Duffy ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Joseph T. Duffy - Los Angeles, CA

“Robert, you are a loving, dedicated partner for over 36 years to a man that Lonee and I loved. Michael was a talented and successful designer, a...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Charles and Lonee Urtuzuastegui - CA

“Robert god bless you and I love you! ”
26 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Burroughs - Los Angeles, CA

“Michael was an inspiration to everyone he worked with. We will miss him!! ”
27 of 31 | Posted by: Cherie Bodenstab - Los angeles, CA

“Dear Michael, I didn't know you personally, but Robert told me a lot about you while you were in the hospital. You were a wonderful person, a very...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Mugur C. Anghel

“Dear Michael, I didn't know you personally, but Robert told me a lot about you while you were in the hospital. You were a wonderful person, and a...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Mugur C. Anghel

“Dear Michael, I did know you personally, but Robert told me a lot about you while you were in the hospital. You were a wonderful person, and a very...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Mugur C. Anghel

“A very talented, gifted, generous person. We will miss you about town. ”
31 of 31 | Posted by: Yvette Alelxander - Los Angeles, CA


Michael Novarese passed away on June 4th, 2010 at St. John of God in Los Angeles. He was a resident of Los Angeles for over 60 years and also a resident of Palm Desert, California.
Michael Novarese was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 10th, 1926. He was the fourth son of Cesarina and Marcelo Novarese. Michael graduated from Christian Brothers High School, enlisted into the Army during World War ll, and saw action in the Belguim and German Campaigns. From there Michael ventured on to Los Angeles California graduating from Woodbury College with many honors. Going into the Fashion Design industry, he became one of the foremost designers from 1960-1990. He was elected into the Smithsonian Institute representing American Designers from 1970-1980. He designed gowns for Jane Russell, Liza Minelli, Judy Garland, Dolores Hope, Jan Clayton, Dinah Shore, and many of the Ambassadors wives during the Reagan Administration. Michael was also a member of the Knights of Malta. After retiring in 1992 he was on the advisory board at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising where he established the Novarese Scholarship fund, and mentored many students who went on to become important designers. He became active in many charities such as Daughters of Charity/Meals on Wheels, The Sister Servants of Mary Guild, St. Anne's Maternity Home, and the Poor Clares in Memphis TN. He leaves behind his partner of 36 years, Robert Nelson, a sister-in-law, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am, Friday June 11th, 2010 at St. Victor's Catholic Church, 8634 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 West Slauson Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael’s honor to Sister Servants of Mary, 2131 W. 27th, LA, CA 90018
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Callanan & Woods Scovern Mortuary (323) 462-2266