NEW YORK — A memorial service for John B. Fairchild will be held April 21 at 2 p.m. at Saint Thomas Church here. The church is located at 1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue.

Fairchild died Feb. 27 at age 87 after a long illness. The former chairman and editorial director of Fairchild Publications, Mr. Fairchild — as he was most often known — turned Women’s Wear Daily from a stodgy trade publication into a must-read among not only the fashion set but the worlds of society, the arts and business, and also founded W and M magazines.

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Above all, he played an integral role in developing the modern fashion industry by bringing designers out from the anonymity of the ateliers’ back rooms and turning them into worldwide celebrities.

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