Acclaimed fashion designer GEOFFREY BEENE has died after a battle with pneumonia. He was 77.

The Louisiana native, who died on Tuesday (28SEP04), switched from life as a medical student to a fashion designer and quickly went on to make a splash, earning popularity and respect among a generation of fashion lovers.

Actress Faye Dunaway picked up her 1977 OSCAR in Beene trousers, while Glenn Close wore a lace Beene gown at a 1989 ceremony.

Close says, "He knew how to bring out the parts of your body that are great. His clothes are works of art."

01/10/2004 02:49