Scott Barrie

Scott Barrie, 52, one of the first African-American designers to earn fame in international fashion. A native of Apalachicola, Fla., who began designing and making clothes as a child, Barrie studied briefly at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. He worked his way up on New York's Seventh Avenue garment district, and by 1968 was able to open his own showroom. Barrie, whose real name was Nelson Clyde Barr, was particularly known for his talent for draping jersey and chiffon in youthful, modern ways. His matte jersey dresses were popular in the 1970s and 1980s.