Ray Aghayan, who won the first Emmy awarded for costume design, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 83.
Aghayan, who dressed stars like Judy Garland, Cher, Diana Ross, Lucille Ball, The Jackson Five and Barbra Streisand, was nominated for three Oscars for his costuming work, beginning with the 1969 Norman Jewison comedy "Gaily, Gaily." He also received Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for "Lady Sings the Blues" and "Funny Lady."
Aghayan's last two Oscar nominations, along with his first Emmy win — for the 1967 TV movie "Alice Through the Looking Glass" — were shared with his longtime professional partner, fellow costume design legend Bob Mackie.
Aghayan began his career as Mackie's assistant.
The Archive of American Television website hosts several video interviews with Aghayan, in which he talks about designing costumes for the 1984 Summer Olympics and Oscar telecasts, and about his partnership with Mackie.