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An eye for style

Jan. 5, 1968: Mr. Blackwell, a onetime actor, model and designer turned celebrity fashion critic, nominates the 10 worst dressed women in the world for the fashion press — and suggests an alternative, right. Mr. Blackwell, born Richard Sylvan Selzer, became a household name from the 1960s to the ’80s with his finger-wagging fashion reports.

In 1968, Mr. Blackwell described Broadway singer Carol Channing as “the blond bombshell who looks like George Sand caught in a wind tunnel,” referring to the 19th century French novelist known for cross-dressing.

In panning actress Ann-Margret, he said she was “a Hell’s Angel escapee who invaded the Ziegfeld Follies on a rainy night.”

Also on his worst-dressed list: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Raquel Welch, Julie Andrews, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie, Barbra Streisand and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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