He wore more dresses than he created!
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA — James Galanos, the famous fashion designer who created one-of-kind dresses for both of Nancy Reagan's inaugural gowns, died Sunday in West Hollywood, the Associated Press reported. He was 92.
His death was announced by his friend and fellow fashion designer, Ralph Rucci.
"I loved him very much," Rucci said. "There could never have been a Ralph Rucci without Galanos."
Galanos was born on Sept. 20, 1924 in Philadelphia as the only son to Greek-born parents. He got his start in the fashion industry as the assistant to Paris designer Robert Piguet, in the 1940s when the fashion houses in Europe were beginning to recover following World War II.
In 1951, Galanos decided to make his fortune in California and opened his own shop, Galanos Originals, in Beverly Hills in 1952. His collection caught the eye of Stanley Marcus, the president of Neiman-Marcus, and soon became a household name. Galanos' clothes could be seen on Hollywood stars, including Rosalind Russell, Diana Ross and Judy Garland.
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