French fashion designer Ted Lapidus died in France of pulmonary problems Monday afternoon at a hospital in
Cannes. He also
suffered from leukemia. He was 79.
Lapidus is credited with making the 1960s unisex look…look chic and was known for elegant safari suits. Born Edmond Lapidus on June 23, 1929, in Paris, the son of a tailor, Ted Lapidus created his label in 1951, and in 1963 he became a member of the prestigious Paris fashion club that runs haute-couture, La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
Ted Lapidus designed high fashion for only a brief portion of his career, preferring to put the accent on accessories early on. Today, the Ted Lapidus label lives mainly through the sale of accessories such as fragrances and watches.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at Paris’ Pere-Lachaise cemetery.
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