Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan costume design for Rex Harrison in Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Gorgen Ray Aghayan (July 28, 1928 – October 10, 2011[1]) was a costume designer in the United States film industry. He won an Emmy Award in 1967 with his partner Bob Mackie for his work in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Aghayan was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design three times for his work in Gaily, Gaily in 1970, Lady Sings the Blues in 1973 and Funny Lady in 1976. He was also responsible for designing the costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. [2]

Aghayan was the lifetime partner of costume designer Bob Mackie for nearly 50 years.

Personal life[edit]

Aghayan was born in Tehran to a family of Armenian descent. Aghayan, at age 13, designed his first dress for Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's wife. His mother was also a dressmaker for the Shah's wife.

During the 1940s, American films were popular in Persia, and Aghayan would come to California as a young man. His mother joined him 30 years later, just before the Islamic Revolution.


Aghayan died on October 10, 2011, at his home in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ Paul Vitello (October 15, 2011). "Ray Aghayan, Costume Designer, Dies at 83". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Dennis McLellan (October 14, 2011). "Ray Aghayan dies at 83; award-winning costume designer". Los Angeles Times.

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