Fashion Designer Ruth Tarvydas Has Passed Away
Picture: Ruth Tarvydas, centre, with former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and designer Lara Kovacevich. Source: Getty
Ruth Tarvydas, one of Australia's most long-standing and successful fashion designers, has died. It's being reported that she was found on the street outside her East Perth apartment yesterday morning; a report is being filed with the coroner.
Aged in her late 60s, Ruth was a much-loved icon in her home state of Western Australia, and her death has left fellow designers, celebrities and models in shock. Ruth was responsible for the stunning red dress that catapulted Rebecca Judd into the spotlight at the 2004 Brownlow Medal, and the designer was well known for her generous, kind and quirky personality.
She'd come into financial trouble recently and was forced to close down her beloved King Street store in Perth in 2012 — close to 50 years after she opened her very first boutique in the region. Her company went into liquidation last year, which was said to have devastated Ruth, and the sad end to her story has many drawing comparisons to the loss of American designer L'Wren Scott earlier this year. Keep reading to see how Rebecca Judd, Aurelio Costarella, Renae Ayris and more have paid their respects.
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