This year marked the end of several eras in fashion, retailing, beauty and related journalism. Among the many from these industries who died in 2001, headlines included centenarian Abe Schrader, the visionary apparel manufacturer; New York Times writer-turned-Old Navy spokeswoman Carrie Donovan; the Washington Post’s celebrated publisher Katharine Graham; queen of pink Mary Kay Ash, and Ely R. Callaway, a DuPont chief who had a second career as a golf club innovator.
There were also actress/photographer Berry Berenson and seven TJX executives who perished in the jet crashes on Sept. 11.
And while he didn’t die in 2001, it is worth noting that New York City’s former mayor, John V. Lindsay, who was known as “Fashion’s Mayor” and who had a big impact on the industry in this city, died Dec. 19, 2000, after a review of last year’s top stories was published.
Following are among those who died during 2001.
Mary Kay Ash
Ethel D. Burns
Ely R. Callaway
Glenn Crew Fowler
Sumner D. Gainsborg
Lisa Fenn Gordenstein
Brian E. Kendrick
John Watte Jr.
James Rennick Williams
Ray Hardy Wills
Mark Anthony Wilson
The Comeback Kid
The girl who once wouldn’t roll out of bed for less than $10,000 a day came out of a long hibernation this summer. Linda Evangelista turned up at the July couture, and she looked radiant. She held court at the party for “Beauty Flash,” a book about makeup artist Stephane Marais that features the model on its cover. She followed that up with the cover of Vogue’s September issue and ads for Blackglama furs.
You Goa Girl
John Galliano’s fall couture collection for Christian Dior was pure Galliano and then some: fanciful, whimsical and outrageously fun. This time, his girls were sunning themselves on Goan beaches in vibrant-hued chiffons. But for all the over-the-top creativity, these creations were chic and wearable — for a hefty price, of course.
La Vie en Rouge
As Satine in “Moulin Rouge,” Nicole Kidman had a wicked dance routine — and even more wicked clothes. Her corsets, petticoats, tiered skirts and fishnet stockings in the Baz Luhrman production seemed ready-made for film-to-fashion tie-ins. Bloomingdale’s created “Moulin Rouge Shops” at its 59th Street flagship and its Century City, Calif., branch. “I haven’t been this excited about a promotion in a very long time,” said Kal Ruttenstein.