Judith Leiber, designer of fashion's most fanciful minaudieres, died this past Saturday at age 97 of natural causes in Spring, New York. Leiber's death was preceded by that of her husband Gus by a few hours, reports WWD.
Known for her fanciful couture minaudieres, Leiber's pieces were carried by a range of politicians and celebrities, including Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and a range of First Ladies. Her work is displayed in museums like the Met, the Smithsonian and the Dallas Museum. A range of her bags, like a crystal-covered clutch resembling a French bulldog that costs $5,695, are still available on sites like Moda Operandi.
Leiber was born in Hungary, and used an apprenticeship with a top bag-maker in Budapest to enable her eventual immigration to the U.S. in the wake of World War II. Over the course of her career, she won numerous awards for her designs, including the CFDA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
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