Mr. Blackwell

From the Archives: An Eye for Style

From the Archives: An Eye for Style

During his press conference, Blackwell suggested an alternative pink gown, modeled on right. Mr. Blackwell, born Richard Sylvan Selzer, became a household name from the 1960s to the '80s with his finger-wagging fashion reports.

In 1968, Mr. Blackwell described Broadway singer Carol Channing as “the blond bombshell who looks like George Sand caught in a wind tunnel,” referring to the 19th century French novelist known for cross-dressing.

In panning actress Ann-Margret, he said she was "a Hell's Angel escapee who invaded the Ziegfeld Follies on a rainy night."

Also on his worst-dressed list: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Raquel Welch, Julie Andrews, Elizabeth...

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