PRINCESS IRENE GALITZINE, 90
Princess Irene Galitzine, a descendant of Russian nobility who founded a glamorous fashion house in Italy and popularized ornate pants as evening wear in the 1960s, died Friday at her home in Rome. She was believed to be 90.
Princess Galitzine's couture collections, shown in a Roman villa, were once praised as the social highlight of the fashion season.
Her most famous design was the evening pants she introduced in Florence about a decade after starting her company. The most famous example were the ones worn by Claudia Cardinale in The Pink Panther. They have frequently been exhibited in Italian fashion retrospectives, including one at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 1985 and one in Rome this year.
Princess Galitzine was born in 1916 in Tiflis, now Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. When she was 10 months old, her family went into exile during the Bolshevik Revolution, moving to Rome. The young princess received a lavish education, learning English at Cambridge and French at the Sorbonne.