One of Italy's leading high fashion designers, Fausto Sarli, who was famous for his artisan touch and elegant gowns, has died at 83. Fausto Sarli’s hand tailored fashions took him from his native Naples on to dress stars such as ElizabethTaylor and Carla Brun .

Alberto Terranova of Sarli's fashion house said the designer died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, in a Rome hospital.

The Naples-born designer was considered 'master of the perfect cut'. He burst on the scene in the late 1950s, in the heyday of Italian high fashion. He dressed leading women in the Italian TV and film world in slinky, beautifully tailored gowns. He was also famous for his wedding dresses.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano praised Sarli's sobriety, originality and quality in a message of condolences.


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