We’ve been looking back at 2016, featuring some of the people who died during the past year from the world of music and the world of film. Today we turn our focus to fashion and art.
January – André Courrèges (born 1923)
A Courrèges creation, circa 196
Courrèges would be especially influential in the 1960s, creating the go-go boot and helping to spread the popularity of the miniskirt.
Courrèges’ clothes are so beautiful, everyone should look the same, dressed in silver. Silver merges into everything, costumes should be worn during the day with lots of make-up.
-Andy Warhol, quoted in France 24
February – Peter Marlowe (born 1952)
GB. ENGLAND. Liverpool. Kirkby Boys club disco. November 1985.
The British-born photographer worked for the News Agency Magnum.
I go for photography that overlays and enhances. By blending observation and wit with reason, I want my work to generate a sense of the unexpected, the hidden, and the seemingly spontaneous.
March – Bob Adelman (born 1940)
Brooklyn Civil Rights protests, 1963.
His work with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s is amazing – and aside from the fashions could have been taken at Black Lives Matter protests this year.
A single individual could not stand up. But as a group, they could.
-interview with NPR
April – Fred Hayman (born 1925)
Fred Hayman in Giorgio Beverly Hills. Los Angeles Times.
Hayman is credited with creating Rodeo Drive as a luxury fashion destination, when he opened Giorgio Beverly Hills in 1961.
May – Matt Irwin (born 1980)
Lady Gaga by Matt Irwin for Elle.
Irwin was known as one of the first “digital native” celebrity photographers. He also photographed Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and others.
June – Bill Cunningham (born 1929)
The New York Times fashion photographer introduced generations of Americans to haute couture.
Fashion is as vital and as interesting today as ever. I know what people with a more formal attitude mean when they say they’re horrified by what they see on the street. But fashion is doing its job. It’s mirroring exactly our times.
-Cunningham in the New York Times
July – Geneviève Castrée (born 1981)
There is an amazing group of (French) Canadian women doing comic book art. Castrée was an up and coming star.
August – Sonia Rykiel (born 1930)
Sonia Rykiel at a runway show in 1993. The Telegraph.
Her fashions were as iconic as her hair.
How can you live the high life if you don’t wear the high heels?
September – George Barris (born 1922)
George Barris, Marilyn Monroe, 1963
Marilyn was his muse.
What I particularly liked about Marilyn was that she didn’t act like a movie star. I was most impressed that Marilyn was always polite and friendly to everyone on the set. She was no phony or snob.
-George Barris to the Huffington Post
October – George Galanos (born 1924)
Galanos 1953 chiffon dress.
He would spend nearly a half century in the fashion industry, designing haute couture, ready to wear, and as a film costumer.
How many women can wear just a patch over their crotch and a bra? Aren’t you embarrassed when you see a young girl walking down the street practically naked? Fashion is geared only to young people today. All we see is Levi’s and bare bellies to the point of nausea. There are no clothes for elegant women. Let’s face it, some of the things you see in the paper are absolutely monstrous looking – and I’m not squeamish. God knows I made sexy clothes in my day, but there’s a point when you have to say, ‘Enough, already.’
-James Galanos to WWD in 2002
November – Gwen Ifill (born 1955)
Gwen Ifill at the Peabody Awards, 2009. Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.
The Peabody Award-winning American television journalist was a groundbreaker who stood out from her peers.
I was drawn to journalism because of the need to be the necessary voice – not to force my opinions on others but to broaden the stage for the debate. And along the way, I have to say, there were some perks. I was played by Queen Latifah twice on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
-Gwen Ifill at American University
December – China Machado (born 1928)
China Machado by Richard Avendon, 1958.
Machado was the first non-white supermodel, fist appearing in magazines in 1958. Richard Avedon considered her his muse.
You can’t worry about aging because that’s the worst thing. If you start, then you just keep finding more things you don’t like, and then you’re finished.
-Quoted in the New York Times