Costume designer Michele Savoia’s body was found in the Hudson River Sunday, near his boat docked at New York’s Chelsea Piers.
According to a New York Police Department spokesman, Savoia slipped into the water while trying to board the boat. The NYPD scuba team pulled his body out of the river at 1:35 p.m. And although the incident is currently “under investigation,” the spokesman said the 55-year-old designer’s death appears to be “accidental.”
Known as “Savoia the Tailor,” the designer was said to have a Hollywood clientele that included Ricky Martin, Robert De Niro and Matt Dillon, as well as a résumé that aspired to match it. According to the Web site Internet Movie Database, Savoia had designed costumes for a 2002 comedy called “High Times Pot Luck,” and he appeared as an extra in “Bail Jumper,” which was filmed in 1990.
On his Facebook page, Savoia, who is seen in his profile picture as shirtless, tattooed and clad in dark sunglasses, listed the Fashion Institute of Technology as his alma mater. Following his graduation in 1978, Savoia worked as an assistant designer at Bill Kaiserman’s Rafael Co. until 1982. Since then, the designer has worked for himself, starting his namesake label and setting up a boutique called House of Savoia at 147 Essex Street in lower Manhattan.
A native of Hoboken, N.J., Savoia was reportedly last spotted around 4 a.m. Thursday at the nightclub Marquee in Chelsea.