Designer Arnold Scaasi, Who Catered to Hollywood Legends and First Ladies, Dies at 85
Arnold Scaasi, the Montreal-born designer, whose glamorous creations were worn by Hollywood legends, first ladies and society swans, died in New York on Tuesday. He was 85 years old.
Scassi, a designer who favoured embellishment, was known for his lavish use of ruffles, fur, glittering beads, fringe, ruffles and bows.
“Clothes with some adornment are more interesting to look at and more fun to wear,” he once declared.
One of his most prominent creations was a sheer bell-bottomed pantsuit worn by Barbra Streisand when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for Funny Girl.
But it wasn’t just theatrical types who seek his special brand of glamour. He also knew how to rein in the outrageous drama of his clothes by making gowns for such auspicious events as presidential inaugurations. Barbara Bush wore a Scaasi gown in velvet to George Bush’s inauguration.
Other notables who were fans of his work included Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Taylor, Ivana Trump and Mamie Eisenhower.