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Frances Stein, a Fashion Force at Chanel and Elsewhere, Dies at 83

  • June 20, 2021

“Frances was a perfectionist,” Ms. Johnson told Women’s Wear Daily after Ms. Stein’s death, recalling the shoot. “As I looked down at her, she tied and untied the rust-colored scarf with a jewel pin on me maybe close to 50 times, until she felt it was just right.”

Frances Grace Patiky was born on Sept. 21, 1937, in Huntington, N.Y., on Long Island. Her mother, Frieda (Krakower) Patiky, was a homemaker; her father, Jacob Patiky, known as Jack, owned a department store in Kings Park. Frances attended Smith College for three years before dropping out to work at Harper’s Bazaar.

She joined Glamour magazine in the 1960s as a fashion editor, and then spent a few years designing for Halston. There, among other talents, “she could tie a serious obi,” said Chris Royer, a former Halstonette, as the designer’s house models were known. (Ms. Royer was referring to one of Halston’s signature wide belts, which involved all sorts of precise looping and twisting.) Ms. Stein was a master of the tweak, the drape and the tuck, Ms. Royer said, noting Ms. Stein’s habit of tucking orchids and gardenias in models’ hair.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/19/style/frances-stein-dead.html

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