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BOSTON Fashion designer Alfred Fiandaca, known for classic styles including outfits Ann Romney wore during the 2012 presidential campaign, has died at 72.

Judy Nee, a family friend speaking Monday night for Fiandaca's daughter, Michelle Fiandaca of Winthrop, Mass., said he died Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla., after a stroke. He was 72.

Mr. Fiandaca grew up in Boston, where his mother was a seamstress, and opened his own shop in 1960 after studying at schools including the Massachusetts College of Art.

Early clients included Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Joan Kennedy and such actresses as Audrey Hepburn and Joan Collins.

Mr. Fiandaca drew attention when Republican candidate Mitt Romney's wife wore his designs.

Mr. Fiandaca is survived by a son, Alfred Fiandaca Jr., a daughter, Michelle Fiandaca, and his spouse, Carl Bartels.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Feb. 12, 2013
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