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Gorgen Ray Aghayan
(July 28, 1928 - October 10, 2011) USA

Ray Aghayan

Fashion designer

Robert Gordon "Bob" Mackie
(March 24, 1939 - living) USA.

Bob Mackie

Fashion designer

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Ray Aghayan, fashion icon and life partner of designer Bob Mackie, has died at the age of 83. His work was featured on legendary performers including Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, and Lauren Bacall.

Iran native Aghayan moved to Los Angeles when he was in high school, ultimately turning to fashion design after dabbling in many areas of theater. After convincing the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to fashion's role in TV, he won the first ever Emmy for Costume Design in 1967. He shared the honor, for Alice Through the Looking Glass, with Mackie, his assistant at the time. Aghayan received three Oscar nominations over the course of his career, first for 1969's Gaily Gaily, then in partnership with Mackie on Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and Funny Girl (1975).

Aghayan died at his home in Los Angeles, California. He is survived by his lifetime partner of costume designer Bob Mackie for nearly 50 years..

Mackie was born in Monterey Park, California, to Charles Robert Smith and Mildred Agnes Smith. He attended Pasadena City College and Chouinard Art Institute but left without earning a degree from either school. On March 14, 1960, he married LuLu Porter (née Marianne Wolford), a singer, actress, and later an acting teacher. She had given birth to the couple's only child, a son, Robert Gordon Mackie Jr. (called "Robin Mackie"), the previous year. The couple divorced in 1963. Robin Mackie, a makeup artist, died in 1994 of an AIDS-related illness, predeceasing his parents.

Mackie's life partner was costume designer Ray Aghayan, whom Mackie had started working with as an assistant. The two worked together through the 1970s, as well as having separate clients. They remained together until Aghayan's death.

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