BetteBack January 15, 1997: Bette Midler Makes Mr. Blackwell’s Best Dressed List

Daily Globe
January 15, 1997


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cross-dressing basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman led Mr. Blackwell‘s 37th Annual Worst-Dressed Women List, a roll-call of fashion misfits that included Glenn Close, Helen Hunt and Goldie Hawn.

The acid-tongued Blackwell, who was designing dresses for the rich and famous when he originated the list in 1980, annually skewers celebrities in what he says is an effort to encourage fashion consciousness.

This year he included a man, Rodman, for what he said is the basketball star’s bad habit of dressing in drag.

“In fishnet and feathers, he’s a unisex wreck,” Blackwell said in unveiling the list Tuesday.

Blackwell had praise for some celebrities.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Lauren Bacall, Madonna, Fran Drescher, Whitney Houston, Chelsea Clinton, Bette Midler, Winona Ryder, Sharon Lawrence, and Christine Baranski were hailed as “fabulous fashion independents.”

The worst dressed list:

l. Dennis Rodman
2. Glenn Close
3. Lisa Kudrow
4. Helen Hunt
5. Goldie Hawn
5. Diane Keaton
6. Sarah, Duchess of York
7. Elizabeth Shue
8. Drew Barrymore
9. Claire Danes
10. Lori Petty

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