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Fashion Designer Trigere Dies at 93

February 14, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ Fashion designer Pauline Trigere, known for her impeccable and imaginative tailoring of women’s suits and coats, has died. She was 93.

Trigere died Wednesday night at her Manhattan home, according to her daughter-in-law, Melanie Radley.

Trigere kept designing into her 90s. Most recently, she worked with a Web site and catalog company to make items for style-conscious seniors like eyeglass cases, pill boxes and hearing-aid pouches.

``Practicality has always been very important in my life and my designs. You have to make things functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be attractive,″ she said in an interview with The Associated Press in December 2000.

Trigere was among the first to use common fabrics like cotton and wool in evening wear in the 1940s. In the 1960s, she introduced the jumpsuit as a fashion staple.

She created clothing for royalty and celebrities, including style icons like Bette Davis and the Duchess of Windsor. Her designs had such staying power that her vintage gowns have popped up on Hollywood red carpets in the 21st century.

Trigere was born into a French tailoring family and moved to New York City in 1937.

She won her first Coty Award from the jury of the American Fashion Critics in 1949. In 1993, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.