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.

To Read the Full Article
SUBSCRIBE NOW

Tap into our Global Network

Of Industry Leaders and Designers

load comments
blog comments powered by Disqus