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Shocking fashion scandals and tragedies

Updated 7:23 AM ET, Mon March 16, 2015
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The heads of the upscale Dolce&Gabbana brand, Stefano Gabbana, left, and Domenico Dolce, are facing a boycott led by singer Elton John after the Italian designers told a magazine they disagree with in vitro fertilization. Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images
Model Mirjana Puhar, who appeared last year on "America's Next Top Model," was found dead February 24 in a drug-related triple homicide in North Carolina, according to police. She was 19 years old. Rachel Murray/Getty Images for NYLON/File
Former model and celebrated restaurateur B. Smith was reported missing on Nov. 26, 2014. Thankfully, the 65-year-old, who has Alzheimer's disease, was later found in a Manhattan diner. Patrick McMullan/AP/File
Celebrated designer Gianni Versace was killed on July 15, 1997, allegedly by suspected mass-murderer Andrew Cunanan. Versace's sister, Donatella, took over the Versace company three months after he died. Ten years after Versace's death, Italy's fashion capital paid tribute to the slain fashion designer with a glittering ballet performance at Milan's La Scala opera house. Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images
Famed fashion designer L'Wren Scott was found dead Monday, March 17, 2014 of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told CNN. Scott's creations were popular with Madonna, Christina Hendricks and other stars as well as the public who patronized her Banana Republic line introduced in late 2013. Scott was 49. Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
Fashion designer Michele Savoia, left, was found dead in New York's Hudson River on Sunday, February 16. He was 55. The designer built a career dressing himself and celebrity clients in vintage clothing from the 1930s and 40s. He had a flair for the dramatic and had worked on Broadway shows such as "Swing," "Promises, Promises" and "Evita." Marc Serota/Getty Images for Domingo Zapata
Missoni director Vittorio Missoni and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, had been missing since the airplane they were in disappeared off the coast of Venezuela on January 4, 2013. A bag from the plane was later found on Curacao. With no other signs of the missing flight and passengers, Missoni's siblings showed the company's newest collection in their home town of Milan without him. The downed airplane was located near Key Carenero six months later and recovery efforts launched. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
"I love Hitler," was about the tamest thing John Galliano said in an anti-Semitic rant caught on tape in 2011. As a result, Galliano was fired from fashion giant Christian Dior and found guilty of making public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity by a French court. In his trial, he said that alcohol and drugs were major factors, which he realized during a stint in rehab after he was fired. Jacques Brinon/AP
British designer Alexander McQueen's technical skill as a tailor and boundless imagination at the helm of his own label made him one of his generation's most influential designers, despite earning the monicker "enfant terrible" and his penchant for controversy. Soon after his mother died in February 2010, McQueen took his own life. His former assistant, Sarah Burton, who was named head of McQueen's women's wear line in 2000, took over as creative director following his death. She went on to design Kate Middleton's royal wedding gown as well as sister Pipa's head-turning maid of honor dress. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
French designer and Karl Lagerfeld's muse/protege Zahia Dehar shows collections in Paris, but she's also been embroiled in an underage prostitution scandal. In 2010, she was linked to a sex-for-money case that tarnished the reputation of one of France's most beloved soccer stars, Franck Ribery. (He allegedly paid for sex with her when she was under 18, which is illegal in France.) Another French soccer hero, Karim Benzema, was also alleged to have purchased her services while she was underage. Marc Piasecki/WireImage/Getty Images
Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was convicted in 2008 of 14 counts including forcible rape and was sentenced to 59 years to life in jail. The Beverly Hills designer had been featured on "America's Next Top Model." Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images
Tatler fashion director Isabella Blow had a knack for discovering British fashion talent, from milliner Philip Treacy and designer Alexander McQueen to models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. She struggled with depression for many years and committed suicide in 2007 while she was stricken with ovarian cancer. MJ Kim/Getty Images
British supermodel Naomi Campbell was sentenced to a week of community service with the New York City Sanitation Department in 2007 after being convicted for throwing a cell phone at her housekeeper so hard that the woman required stitches. But mopping floors and picking up trash did not stop her from getting a case of air rage a couple of years later, which got her banned from British Airways and another 200 hours of community service and fines ordered by a British court. Ian Gavan/Getty Images
In 2005, supermodel Kate Moss was in the papers, but not because of the clothes she was wearing. Photos were published in The Daily Mirror showing her apparently snorting cocaine. She was not charged with drug offenses, because of weak prospects for a conviction, but she was swiftly dropped from many advertising contracts. Claire Greenway/Getty Images
Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, a favorite of Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Julia Roberts, suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2007 and died soon after. Often called the "Frank Lloyd Wright of fashion" (he trained as an architect), Ferre became a fashion designer after college and was known for his voluminous and structured clothing as well as his use of innovative techniques. FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images
Photographer Helmut Newton's career as an international glamor and fashion purveyor built him a legendary reputation. Known for his black and white photos of nude models and celebrities, his photos were often featured in Vogue and Elle magazines. He was killed in 2004 when he crashed his car in Hollywood at the age of 83. JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images
In December 2002, actress and fashion darling Winona Ryder was sentenced to three years probation and 480 hours of community service for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and get drug and psychological counseling. Steve Grayson/WireImage/getty images
English fashion designer Ossie Clark (pictured here in 1972), spent the 1960s and '70s outfitting rock stars and celebrities like Mick and Bianca Jagger and Elizabeth Taylor. He was found murdered in 1996, stabbed to death by an ex-lover. Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Getty Images