Bijan Pakzad, Beverly Hills Designer of Luxury Menswear, Dies
18 Apr 2011 00:10
[ wire services ] Iranian-American fashion designer Bijan Pakzad, who made clothes for countless celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and politics, has died at the age of 67 (perhaps 71), his company announced. "Today, Saturday, April 16th, 2011, at 8:05 a.m., our dear Dr. Bijan Pakzad passed away peacefully with his family members at his side," said a recorded audio statement prepared by the luxury clothing store Bijan ran in Beverly Hills. No cause of death was given. But celebrity website TMZ reported that Bijan had suffered a stroke Thursday night and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
His clients included presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan, actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, and Anthony Hopkins, as well as fellow fashion designers Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, and Oscar de la Renta. read more
[ LAT ] Times fashion critic Booth Moore said Sunday that Pakzad was "a larger-than-life personality whose ultra-luxe Beverly Hills boutique helped to make Rodeo Drive a world-class shopping destination. Long before Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld, Bijan had a keen understanding of the cult of personality in fashion, starring in his own ads and billboards, name-checking countless celebrities and parking exotic cars outside his store, all to stoke his fame."
Pakzad was not shy about acknowledging an outsize ego. "With my ego, I would have been successful anyplace, but America gave me the opportunity to show my taste," he told The Times.
In addition to his three children, Pakzad is survived by a sister, Shanaz, of Newport Beach; brothers Fara of Berkeley, Fari of Newport Beach and Cyrus of San Francisco; a grandchild and longtime girlfriend Mahtab Mojab. Pakzad was married and divorced twice. read more
related | Bijan perfume campaign featuring glamorous Iranians, including members of his own family, in American glossies.