Fashion Designer Bill Dugan Dies

I just heard some sad news. Bill Dugan the talented fashion designer who worked as Halston’s design assistant for 12 years has passed away. I have known Bill professionally for years and he was such an elegant and wonderful guy. He always reminded me of William Powell in The Thin Man movie series.

According to Ralph Rucci’s sister Rosina: “He died when he was home, upstate, over the Christmas holiday. He was sick but went home and very rapidly took a dramatic turn for the worst while there. Luckily the snow came and he had to stay. God really does know what He’s doing – Bill went to sleep with all of his most treasured people around him. Peacefully and beautifully.”

 Ralph Rucci and Nancy North will be hosting a gathering to remember Bill on Monday January 24th from 6PM-8PM. Please note the gathering is by invitation only. However requests to attend will be given consideration on the basis of space availability. Please direct your requests to Rosina Rucci at



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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