Best known for his "Worst Dressed" and "Fabulous Fashion Independents" lists, Mr. Blackwell began his career in fashion in 1958. His line, House of Blackwell, would become synonymous with fashion. An important designer during the 1960s, he became the first in history to present his line on a television broadcast as well as the first to make his line available for plus-size women. By the early 1960's he had become one of the top designers, creating fashions for such stars as Jayne Mansfield, Dorothy Lamour, Peggy Lee, Ann Blythe, Jane Russell and a favorite among political wives such as Nancy Reagan and Corretta Scott King.

In addition to hosting his own popular radio show on KABC in Los Angeles, Blackwell appeared on virtually every talk show on television with his “Worst Dressed List,” naming the biggest fashion fiascoes of the year. Becoming one of the most copied publications (in both content and style) world-wide, the lists are still a source of controversy, amusement and conversation among the fashion elite and the unlucky (or lucky) celebrities who adorn it. Lynn Redgrave expressed it best, when she stated "You haven't made it in Hollywood until you've made 'the list!'”

Mr. Blackwell and his partner, R.L. Spencer, produced a series of fashion related variety programs which featured recognizable personalities of the day. The programs were unique in that all the clothing and accessories that appeared on the shows, were available for sale, making Mr. Blackwell and his vision a predecessor to the QVC and Home Shopping Networks of today.

Harlan Boll is the exclusive representative of all of Mr. Blackwell's "intellectual property," and is the owner of all of his copyrights and trademarks. For more information, or to inquire about licensing any of Mr. Blackwell's lists or creations, please send an email to or call 626.296.3757.