Mr. (Richard) Blackwell, perhaps the world’s most famous fashion critic, has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 86-years-old.Â Mr. Blackwell died from an intestinal infection.
Publicist Harlan Boll says Blackwell died Sunday of complications from an intestinal infection.
Blackwell, whose first name was Richard, was a little-known dress designer when he issued his first tongue-in-cheek criticism of Hollywood fashion disasters for 1960â€”long before Joan Rivers and others turned such ridicule into a daily affair.
Blackwell was best known for his ‘Ten Worst Dressed Women’ list which was an annual stop for the likes of Britney Spears, Cher, Madonna, Paris Hilton, and others.
Richard was a fashion designer before becoming famous for his ‘Worst Dressed Women.’Â Blackwell’s list was in part the inspiration for Bumpshack’s ‘Worst Dressed Celeb of the Day.’
He is survived by his partner Robert Spencer.