Mr. Blackwell, whose annual worst-dressed list skewered celebs with fabulous zingers, has died from an intestinal infection. He was 86.
It's hard to remember a time without his acerbic list, which Mr. Blackwell (a.k.a. Richard Blackwell) first issued in 1960 when he was a little-known dress designer. He also did a best-dressed list, but that wasn't nearly as fun.
Did he ever feel bad about being so mean? A little, because Mr. Blackwell genuinely admired many of the women for their talent, if not their fashion sense. "I merely said out loud what others were whispering," he once said. "It's not my intention to hurt the feelings of these people. It's to put down the clothing they're wearing."
We could think of no other more fitting tribute to Mr. Blackwell than his own words. Here are 10 of his clever criticisms:
Madonna: "The Bare-Bottomed Bore of Babylon."
Barbra Streisand: "She looks like a masculine Bride of Frankenstein."
Christina Aguilera: "A dazzling singer who puts good taste through the wardrobe wringer."
Meryl Streep: "She looks like a gypsy abandoned by a caravan."
Sharon Stone: "An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille."
Lindsay Lohan: "From adorable to deplorable."
Ann-Margret: "A Hell's Angel escapee who invaded the Ziegfeld Follies on a rainy night."
Camilla Parker-Bowles: "The Duchess of Dowdy."
Bjork: "She dances in the dark - dresses there, too."
Britney Spears: "Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill."