Fashion designer recognized as America's first couturier.
In 1926, he opened his first hat shop, Charles Boucherdon, which he named after a school friend.
He designed the entire interior and select pieces of furniture for Dominique de Menil's home.
He was born-and-raised in Chicago.
He died alone at the Chelsea Hotel -- the same place actress Gaby Hoffmann lived for several years during her youth.