Arnold Scaasi, the iconic American fashion designer has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 85 on August 4. It is a very sad day for the fashion world, as Scaasi has dressed some of the most well-known stars over the years.
What a sad day it is for the fashion world! The iconic American fashion designer, Arnold Scaasi has died at 85 years old on August 4. According to his associate, Glendina Weste, Arnold passed from cardiac arrest at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Arnold was actually born, Arnold Isaacs. However, he changed his last name to Scaasi for business reasons in the 50s. Scaasi was not only an amazing designer, he was a superb businessman. He started to sell his pieces to QVC in 2001, and later sold to HSN, said our sister site, WWD.
Barbara Bush, former First Lady, said in a comment on Aug. 4, “I loved Arnold Scaasi. He was a dear friend and a brilliant fashion designer who could make any woman feel like a princess. His dresses brought me great joy – whether they were for a state dinner or just a simple suit I could wear anywhere. We sometimes would fight a little about colors and styles, and he, of course, was always right. Arnold’s legacy will be on display forever, thanks to the gorgeous blue Inaugural [Ball] gown he made for me, now at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. His friends and the world of fashion will miss him terribly.”
Aside from Barbara’s gown, another very famous outfit was Barbara Streisand’s sheer black sequined jumpsuit at the 1969 Oscars. Streisand also said in a statement, “Very saddened to hear of Scaasi’s passing. Arnold was a wonderful designer who knew how to combine fantasy and craftsmanship. He made many fabulous outfits for me over the years and, unfortunately, only one of them stole the headlines. I had no idea when I wore it to receive the Academy Award that the outfit would become see-through under the lights! I was embarrassed but it sure was original at the time.”
Wow, what a sad day it is. Scaasi’s designs will live on and be remembered for years to come.
— Olivia Elgart