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James Galanos, whose gowns were worn by Nancy Reagan, Judy Garland and Heidi Klum, was ‘America’s couturier’

James Galanos, whose gowns were worn by Nancy Reagan, Judy Garland and Heidi Klum, was ‘America’s couturier’

James Galanos, a designer to the stars who kept a profile as low as his clients’ were high, died Oct. 30 at his home in West Hollywood. He was 92.

“He died of natural causes Sunday morning — peacefully and surrounded by his sister and family,” nephew Vincent Polisano, president of the James G. Galanos Foundation, told The Times.

Billed by some as “America’s couturier,” Galanos’ work was beautiful from afar but dizzyingly delightful up close: silks knife-pleated by hand, precisely positioned crystal beads, enthusiastic sequin play and interior seams so precisely hand-finished that fans of his work often...

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