Fashion Icon Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95

Fashion Icon Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning, according to her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The fashion designer, artist and socialite was 95. She died in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side.

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“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Cooper said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend.
“She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you: She was the youngest person they knew — the coolest and most modern.” Vanderbilt was diagnosed with an advanced form of stomach cancer earlier this month, Cooper said.

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The society heiress was the great-great-granddaughter of the 19th-century railroad and steamship magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Dubbed by the media as the quintessential “poor little rich girl” after a highly publicized custody battle she endured as a child, Vanderbilt survived her fair share of tragedy and trauma, yet she rose above by building a $100 million fashion empire with her iconic brand of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. During the 1970’s, in an industry where the denim production was aimed for men, Vanderbilt created her signature jeans with manufacturer, Mohan Murjani, which were promoted in iconic ads on TV and magazines. The line soon became a fashion staple expanding to skirts, sweaters, jackets, linens and fragrances joining her growing product lines.


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After claiming her financial independence with her fashion empire, Gloria was finally able to break free of her heiress status. “I’m not knocking inherited money,” she told The New York Times in 1985, “but the money I’ve made has a reality to me that inherited money doesn’t have. As the Billie Holiday song goes, ‘Mama may have and Papa may have, but God bless the child that’s got his own.’ ” Ms. Vanderbilt was also an acclaimed writer and artist, but she will always be remembered as the “Jeans Queen”.

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