Malcolm Starr, a dress manufacturer on Seventh Avenue for years, died Tuesday in New Canaan, Conn., where he lived. He was 84.
Starr died after suffering a neck injury from a fall at his home, his family said.
He was introduced to fashion early in life because his mother, Claire, worked as a costume designer. The dress company he operated, Malcolm Starr, was started in the Forties by his father, Frank, a well-known figure in the textile industry. During that period, the family was one of the first to lease factories in India and China for manufacturing, and also operated boutiques in Hong Kong and Japan.
“Even members of the royal family in Japan wore his fashions,” said Starr’s sister, Gloria Starr Kins. “They were the number-one country club set dresses. You would always see at least 30 percent of the women in any elite country club wearing a Malcolm Starr.”
Starr’s father died in 1969 and he took over the business, located at 530 Seventh Avenue, operating the company until 1976, when it was sold for $7 million. Starr continued to be active producing clothes in Hong Kong and India and wanted to revive the Malcolm Starr line, but the Sept. 11 attacks cut short that effort.
In addition to the sister, Starr is survived by a daughter, Cathy Starr Klein, and two grandchildren.