Brooklyn native, Richard Blackwell, has a long and varied resume in the world of fashion. He started working early on as a child actor appearing on broadway in his teens and later going on to study acting with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. He continued in the acting world until the mid 1940’s until he realized his fascination with costume design. Blackwell launched his debut line, Mr. Blackwell, in the late 1950’s. He dropped his first name in the style of Valentino, Versace, and others. His designs were theatrical with over the top embellishments. He favored leopard prints and large bows in his work and continued producing designs until the 1980’s. He is also well known as a fashion critic and one of the first to create a “best dressed” and “worst dressed” list after award shows. He delivered cutting one-liners, a la today’s show Fashion Police, and rated hollywood starlets on their fashion sense.