The Fashion Figures We Lost in 2016

Bill Cunningham
Bill Cunningham, 1929-2016.
Yu Fujiwara

Bill Cunningham, 1929-2016. The father of all street style photographers and his trusty camera obsessively documented both New York society and what people wore on the streets for decades, most notably for The New York Times.

Franca Sozzani, 1950-2016.

Franca Sozzani, 1950-2016. The Italian Vogue editor redefined what a fashion magazine could be.

David Bowie, 1947-2016.

David Bowie, 1947-2016. The music legend also helped to push the boundaries of gender through his spectacular wardrobe.

Sonia Rykiel, 1930-2016.

Sonia Rykiel, 1930-2016. The French fashion designer began her career simply because she couldn’t find sweaters she wanted to wear. She soon became the heralded “queen of knitwear.”

China Machado, 1928-2016.

China Machado, 1928-2016. The Richard Avedon muse was the first non-white model to appear on the cover of a major American fashion magazine.

Prince, 1958-2016

Prince, 1958-2016. The purple one had a style all his own, and maintained close friendships with both Gianni and Donatella Versace.

Andre Courreges, 1923-2016.

Andre Courreges, 1923-2016. The French designer was the master of 1960’s futurism.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016. The socialite and model was the proto-celebutant.

Nancy Reagan, 1921-2016.

Nancy Reagan, 1921-2016. During her tenure as First Lady, Reagan maintained a marvelous wardrobe and a busy schedule on both the Washington and New York social scenes.

James Galanos, 1924-2016.

James Galanos, 1924-2016. The American Couterier’s list of faithful clients included Marilyn Monroe, Nancy Reagan, Ivana Trump, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Diana Ross, Judy Garland and more.

Betsy Bloomingdale, 1922-2016.

Betsy Bloomingdale, 1922-2016. A queen bee of the “ladies who lunch” set, Bloomingdale was married to a heir to the department store fortune.

Richard Nicoll, 1977-2016

Richard Nicoll, 1977-2016. The Australian-born fashion designer became a mainstay of the young British fashion scene.

Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016.

Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016. The world’s most honored female architect also found time for frequent collaborations with the world of fashion.

Aileen Mehle, 1918-2016

Aileen Mehle, 1918-2016. Better known by her pen name “Suzy Knickerbocker,” the gossip columnist spread the dirt (or kept the secrets, depending on her mood) of New York Society’s, most recently in the page of W.

Marta Marzotto, 1931-2016.

Marta Marzotto, 1931-2016. The Italian fashion icon began life in an orphanage, but after a career as a model she married a Count and became a fashion designer in her own right.

Joan Helpern, 1926-2016.

Joan Helpern, 1926-2016. – Along with husband David, Helpern owned and designed Joan and David Shoes, high fashion footwear for women on the go.

Fred Hayman, 1925-2016.

Fred Hayman , 1925-2016. When he opened Giorgio Beverly Hills it was the first high-end department store on Rodeo Drive, thus earning him the nickname “Mr. Rodea Drive.”