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Jean-Louis Scherrer, 78, French fashion designer dressed Jackie Kennedy

(FILES) A file photaken September 4 2009 shows French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer arriving for screening movie 'The Time Traveller's Wife'

(FILES) A file photo taken on September 4, 2009 shows French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer arriving for the screening of the movie "The Time Traveller's Wife" directed by US Robert Schwentke, on the first day of the 35th American Film Festival in the northwestern French town of Deauville. His entourage aanounced on June 20, 2013 that Scherrer had died at the age of 78. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOTFRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

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Updated: July 23, 2013 6:18AM



PARIS — French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer, who dressed such fashion plates as Jackie Kennedy at the height of his career, has died. He was 78.

The French Couture Federation said the designer died early Thursday in Paris. The cause of death was not immediately known.

After training under Christian Dior, Mr. Scherrer launched his own label in 1962, holding his first show in a cellar. The house went on to become a symbol of uptown elegance in the 1980s.

But it went through hard times financially and the house was sold. Mr. Scherrer, who had stayed on as artistic director, was dismissed in 1992. The fashion house closed in 2008.

AP



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