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.”