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Costume designer Van Runkle dead

The Oscar-nominated fashion icon lost her battle with lung cancer in Los Angeles on Friday (04Nov11).

She received three Academy Awards nods for dressing Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde and for her work in The Godfather Part III and Peggy Sue Got Married.

She also set major fashion trends by creating Dunaway's costumes for The Thomas Crown Affair and she worked as the actress' stylist at the 1968 Oscars.

Van Runkle's many accolades also included a 1983 Emmy Award and a Lifetime Achievement honour from the Costume Designers Guild in 2002.

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