Couture designer known for her eponymous clothing line. She received the Council of Fashion Designers of America's prestigious Geoffrey Beene award for lifetime achievement in fashion.
She moved to New York to attend the famed Parsons School for Design.
As of 2006, the profits from her fashion line were valued at more than four hundred million dollars.
She was born in Detroit, Michigan.
She was a close friend of supermodel Linda Evangelista.