CHICAGO--Becky Bisoulis, 56, a fashion designer best known for her luxurious bridal gowns and special occasion dresses, died at her home here Sunday.
The cause of death was cancer, according to a spokeswoman for her family and business.
Bisoulis's career as a designer began as a hobby when she made some antique lace camisoles while recovering from an automobile accident in 1975. She sold the pieces to Ultimo, an upscale designer store, and shortly afterward a three-piece bridal ensemble was snapped up by Henri Bendel. In 1976, she launched Becky Bisoulis Inc.
Bisoulis's signature was combining lace with unusual fabrics such as suede, cashmere, terry cloth, tweeds and silk to create her romantic dresses.
While many other successful designers moved to New York for their careers, Bisoulis, a graduate of Northwestern University, chose to stay in her home town of Chicago.
"Becky was one of the stars of the Chicago fashion industry. Through her own success she gave a lot of visibility to the Chicago industry," said Dorothy Fuller, vice president of the Chicago Apparel Center.
Bisoulis recently hired New York-based sportswear designer Judy Hornby to take over her responsibilities as designer and president of the business, which is owned by the Bisoulis family. Hornby commutes between New York and Chicago.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 North Sheridan Rd., here.
Bisoulis is survived by her mother, Catherine; a brother, John; a niece, and two nephews.

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