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Fashion designer Perry Ellis launched a new wave of fashion that was defined by his signature baggy look. His clothes were lauded as both classic and adventurous.
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Just several hours later, he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, eventually slipping into a coma. He passed away on May 30, 1986.
Today, Perry Ellis' designs continue to be a part of the fashion landscape, while his company continues to live on as well.
Then there's the matter of his family. Before his death, Ellis and a friend, Barbara Gallagher, a television writer and producer, decided to have a child together. Their daughter, Tyler Alexandra Gallagher Ellis was born in 1984, just 18 months before her father's death.
In May 2011 in Los Angeles, Tyler showed the world she is indeed her father's daughter when she unveiled a collection of 13 handmade fashion handbags.
“He was about work, and a perfectionist, and I feel I know him,” she said.
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