If it wasn't for Mr. Blackwell, known world-wide for his annual celebrity best and worst dressed list, I probably wouldn't have a job.
Mr. Blackwell, his first name was Richard, died Sunday afternoon after complications from an intestinal infection. He was 86. Mr. Blackwell released his first list of fashion disasters in 1960. Up until then, he was a little known dress designer. Blackwell annually ripped into celebrities for committing fashion flops. His list was met with much fanfare. Nobody was safe, not even Princess Diana of Wales, who topped his worst-dressed list in 1982. According to Mr. Blackwell, Princess Diana had gone from “a very young, independent, fresh look” to a “tacky, dowdy” style. Some of of his other famous zingers include:
Barbra Streisand: “She looks like a masculine Bride of Frankenstein.”
Christina Aguilera: “A dazzling singer who puts good taste through the wardrobe wringer.”
Meryl Streep: “She looks like a gypsy abandoned by a caravan.”
Sharon Stone: “An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille.”
Britney Spears: “Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill.”
Eventually fashion critiques would be key in print and television media and nowadays, everybody is a fashion critic, but Mr. Blackwell was first for doing it with such flare and attitude. What were your favorite Blackwell lines? Will you miss his annual list?