Bernadine Morris, the women who demystified women’s fashion for over decades as a New York Times critic, passed away on Jan. 12 in the Bronx. Morris was 92 years old at the time of her passing.
Her death occurred at a nursing home and was confirmed by her daughter, Cara Michelle Morris.
Bernadine Morris began her career at the trade newspaper Women’s Wear Daily. She switched to The New York Times on her 38th birthday when she answered a help-wanted advertisement in the newspaper for a fashion reporter. Some 4,000 bylines later, Morris retired as the newspaper’s chief fashion writer in 1996.
Morris won the Medal of the City of Paris in 1985 and an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1987. She was also quoted in Nicholas Coleridge’s “The Fashion Conspiracy” (1988):
“The theater critic of The New York Times I do believe wields power, but not the fashion editor. It’s too diffuse. The most I can do, if I’m really enthusiastic, is get a buyer to go see the collection.”
Morris was one of the greatest when it came to criticizing womenswear and fashion in general. Her legacy will continue to make an impact on future designers and writers alike.