NEW YORK -- Evan (Buddy) Richards, a Texas-born designer who became a couturier in Rome and was known professionally as Tiziani, died Nov. 15 in Roosevelt Hospital here. He was 70.

The cause of death was complications of liver failure, according to Rosemarie Stack, a family friend.

Richards was born on his family's cattle ranch in Jacksboro, near Fort Worth.

He went to Rome in 1948 to study voice and toured for 12 years with various opera companies.

He opened his design studio on the Via Georgiana in Rome in 1963, taking the name Tiziani, which was inspired by the Italian painter Titian. Through the years, Tiziani dressed celebrities and socialites such as Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida and Estée Lauder, said Stack, who was also a client.

He designed costumes for three of Taylor's movies: "Boom," "The Comedians" and "Reflections in a Golden Eye."

Tiziani retired three years ago and traveled among his homes in New York, Rome and Palm Beach, Fla.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah; a son, Evan Cater; a brother, Henry; a sister, Dorcas, and his companion, Raf Ravaioli.

Services were conducted Nov. 20 in Jacksboro.

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