Wednesday, April 4, 2012



Born Richard Selzer, the former child actor invented the name “Dick Ellis” for his stage career and reinvented himself in 1958 as a fashion designer with a new surname and a line of clothing called simply, "Mr. Blackwell."  He enjoyed his reputation as America’s best known and sometimes feared fashion critic and creator of the “Ten Worst Dressed Women List.” Of his eagerly anticipated annual list Mr. Blackwell reported he was “sick of the ugly clothes that were being presented in the fashion industry and, as a dress designer, wanted to express his opinion.”

The list was started by Blackwell in 1960 with Anna Magnani in the number one spot - Brigitte Bardot a close second, and appeared January of each year through 2008 when Victoria Bekham beat out Amy Winehouse for the top spot on the list.

Whirlwind Of: Clinging Lines
Harper's Bazaar March 1963
Photography: Hiro Wakabayashi

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