liz claiborne passed away tuesday at the age of 78. she was a pioneer in the fashion world, starting her own business in 1976 and ten years later seeing it as the first female founded company to be listed in the fortune 500.
today, the company posts upwards of $5 billion in sales and owns juicy couture, lucky brand jeans and last month entered into a partnership agreement with narciso rodriguez. tim gunn, formerly head of the fashion department at parsons, recently signed on as chief creative officer.
eric wilson has a great tribute here.
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