Arnold Scaasi, Fashion Designer, Died at 85

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Dead, Arnold Scaasi born May 8, 1930 and died August 3, 2015, he was a Canadian fashion designer who has created gowns for First Ladies Mamie Eisenhower, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush, in addition to such notable personalities as Joan Crawford, Ivana Trump, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Lauren Bacall, Diahann Carroll, Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Deneuve, Brooke Astor, Arlene Francis, Mary Tyler Moore and The Baroness Wendy DeVere-Austin.

Scaasi was born Arnold Isaacs in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of a furrier.

His decision to pursue a career in fashion was made at the age of fourteen during a trip to Australia to visit his stylish aunt.

He returned to Montreal to study at the Cotnoir-Capponi School of Design and completed his education at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris.

He apprenticed at the House of Paquin before moving to New York City to work with designer Charles James.

In the early 1950s, Scaasi’s designs began appearing in a variety of print ads, including one for General Motors photographed by Edgar de Evia.

During the shoot he met Robert Denning, who suggested he reverse his last name to give himself an Italian flair.

Under his new name he achieved the December 1955 cover of Vogue, which led to his starting a ready-to-wear line the following year. He won the prestigious Coty Fashion Critics Award in 1958.