The news broke earlier today that Liz Claiborne died at the age of 78 of complications from cancer. Already mourning over the earlier news this month of Gianfranco Ferre, there’s no other way to talk about this without feeling extremely sad by this loss.
Those who knew her personally are already coming out speaking of courage in starting her own company and seeing it through to be the most successful designer line/company started by a woman. Without knowing her personally, I can unequivocally say though that that courage is dwarfed by the amount of strength needed to fight cancer. She did it from 1997 till 2007. The great thing is that even with her death, she is still fighting cancer. Her company continues to be one of the largest breast cancer fundraiser in the world. We interviewed a vice president at her company while back and she restated the commitment to fighting this disease with all of the company’s great works and events around the world.
While Liz Claiborne will forever be known in larger circles as the woman who ushered in the era of the female professional via her designs, I will simply know her as the woman who fought fiercely against insurmountable circumstances and overcame them.