By  on June 6, 2013

A memorial service for fashion designer James Daugherty will be held at 6 p.m. on June 19 at Calvary-St. George’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan.

Daugherty, 85, one of the first African-American designers to have his own collection on Seventh Avenue, died of a heart attack in New York on May 12. In the Seventies, Daugherty was considered a peer of African-American pioneers Scott Barrie and Stephen Burrows. In 1974, Daugherty launched his self-named business after working as a sketch artist for celebrated costume designer Edith Head, then sketching for director Vincente Minnelli, Bill Blass, Anne Klein and Liz Claiborne; working as a design assistant for Pat Sandler of Highlight, and as a designer for Jerry Silverman. While at Silverman, he created an embroidery-detailed, Empire-waisted yellow satin dress with a big inverted pleat for Lynda Johnson Robb, one of President Lyndon Johnson’s two daughters. Estée Lauder was also a client. By 1976, his own firm, backed by Seventh Avenue stalwart Ben Shaw, had 500 accounts nationwide. Daugherty’s designs were featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Ebony magazines.

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