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with contributions from Joan Low
 on November 9, 2010

Dodie Rosekrans, a social star in her native San Francisco whose bold fashion taste was also the toast of Paris, died Saturday at her home in that California city, according to sources close to the family. She was 91.

With a couture wardrobe that spanned iconic items from Yves Saint Laurent’s Africa collection to ensembles from enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier, Rosekrans was perhaps best known as an ebullient champion of John Galliano, quietly financing the British designer in the early days of his career and lining up to be among the first to snap up his high fashions when he arrived as the couturier at Christian Dior in 1996.

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