He tanked the best of them…
Mr. (Richard) Blackwell, perhaps the world’s most famous fashion critic, has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 86-years-old. Mr. Blackwell has died 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 1960—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.’ Blackwell’s list was in part the inspiration for Bumpshack’s “Worst Dressed Celeb of the Day.”
Mr. Blackwell once did a talkshow over radio station KABC in Los Angeles as well as other long-form radio-TV projects. He was the king of the fashion put down and according to AP – here are some legendary Blackwell comments from the past:
Christina Aguilera: “Is she a boring and body-baring bungle — or just auditioning for ‘Sheena, Queen of the Jungle?’”
_ Courtney Love: “When push comes to shove, no one’s fashion is tackier and wackier than funky, punky Love!”
_ Mary Kate Olsen: “She resembles a tattered toothpick trapped in a hurricane.”
_ The Dixie Chicks: “They look like a trio of truck-stop fashion tragedies trapped in a typhoon.”
_ Rene Zellweger: “A painted pumpkin on a pogo stick.”
_ Ann-Margret: “Marlon Brando in a g-string.”
_ Bjork: “She dances in the dark — and dresses there, too.”
_ Martha Stewart: “She dresses like the centerfold for the Farmer’s Almanac.”
_ Sharon Stone: “She looks like an over-the-hill Cruella de Ville.”
_ Elizabeth Taylor: “Looks like two small boys fighting under a mink blanket.”
_ Amy Winehouse: “Exploding beehives above, tacky polka-dots below, she’s part 50′s carhop horror.”
_ Cher: “A million beads and one overexposed derriere.”
_ Sarah Jessica Parker: “From ‘Sex and the City’ Sarah’s fashions are a mix-and-match pity.”
You can read more about Mr. Blackwell in the Mr. Pop Culture “this week in pop culture” archives.