Liz Claiborne, whose styles became a cornerstone of
career women's wardrobes in the 1970s and 1980s, has died,
the company she founded said Wednesday. She was 78.
The cause of her
death on Tuesday was not immediately known.
retired from the day-to-day operations in 1989, founded
Liz Claiborne Inc. in 1976 along with second husband Art
Ortenberg and Leonard Boxer. Their goal was to create
a collection of fashion aimed at the growing number of
women entering the workforce.
''In losing Liz
Claiborne, we have not only lost the founder of our
company but an inspirational woman who revolutionized the
fashion industry 30 years ago,'' said Bill McComb, CEO
of Liz Claiborne, in a statement.
to style and design is ever-present in our thinking and
the way we work. We will remember Liz for her vision, her
entrepreneurial spirit, and her enduring compassion
and generosity,'' he said. (AP)