Chip Tolbert, the longtime fashion director of the Men’s Fashion Association, died Thursday afternoon at an assisted living facility in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., from respiratory distress. He was 86. Services had not been set by press time.
After receiving a journalism degree from the University of Alabama, Tolbert’s first job — a copywriter assigned to hosiery, lingerie and suit accounts — led him to stints at fashion retailing in Chicago, San Francisco and New York, then to Esquire magazine, where he spent 17 years, from 1954 to 1971, working his way up to fashion director.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"