Sunday, October 19, 2008

R.I.P. Mr. Blackwell

The man who created the annual "Worst-Dressed List," Mr. Blackwell, has died.

Mr. Blackwell began his career in fashion during the 1950's with his own clothing line business that he had for 35 years. By the 60's, he had become one of the top designers in Los Angeles, dressing clients like Jane Russell, Dorothy Lamour, Jayne Mansfield, Peggy Lee, Nancy Reagan and Corretta Scott King.

Blackwell's notorious list wasn't only targeted at actors and singers as he would also go after the Royals. He named Camilla Parker-Bowles "The Duchess of Dowdy."

Even though his list wasn't one that anyone would particularly want to be on, if you did make the list, at least it meant that you were famous.

Blackwell's health had been failing recently. His publicist, Harlan Boll, said that Mr. Blackwell had died Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to complications from an intestinal infection. He was 86 years old.

Here is a little advice that Mr. Blackwell left us with: "Dressing well really IS the best revenge!"


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