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In Memoriam
 
In Memoriam: Ray Aghayan
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/11/11
Last updated on: 10/16/11
 
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Ray Aghayan.
Acclaimed costume designer Ray Aghayan (1928-2011) died on October 11, 2011. In 1967, Aghayan shared the first Emmy Award presented in the category of Costume Design with his then-assistant Bob Mackie, who would become his life partner.

Aghayan designed costumes for dozens of television shows, ten films, and several Broadway plays. He won three Emmys and was nominated for nine. He was also nominated for three Academy Awards and one Tony Award. In addition, he produced the landmark made-for-television film Consenting Adult (1985), based on Laura Z. Hobson's novel about a gay son coming out to his family. Aghayan is survived by his long-time partner, designer Bob Mackie.

 
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