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Worst Dressed Women: Amy Winehouse, Avril Lavigne… Marilyn Manson?

Fashion critic Richard Blackwell died this weekend. In homage, we explore his most scathing -- and funniest! -- comments about music's elite.

By: Melissa Goldstein // October 20, 2008

What do Amy Winehouse, Courtney Love, Avril Lavigne, Jessica Simpson, and Marilyn Manson all have in common? They’re among the musical elite that have graced fashion critic Richard Blackwell’s annual Ten Worst Dressed Women list. Yeah, sorry about that Mr. Manson.

To honor Blackwell, who died Sunday at age 86 due to complications from an intestinal infection [via LA Times], here’s a look at the critic’s best bon mots. Yep, this is the same guy who, in 1998, referred to Madonna as “a neo-Gothic fright — a glitzy gargoyle searching for a Ray of Fashion Light.” Ouch!

Amy Winehouse: “Exploding beehives above, tacky polka-dots below, she’s part ’50s carhop horror.”

Courtney Love: “The torrid temptress of fashion — ‘Rock Pack’ is the undisputed queen of tack.”

Bjork: “A pretentious fashion folly in a nightmare by Salvador Dalí!”

Avril Lavigne: “Gothic make-up courtesy the mad spatula.”

Britney Spears: “When it comes to couture chaos, this tacky terror should take a bow. From the Princess of Pop to the ultimate fashion flop! An over-the-hill Lolita.”

Missy Elliott: “Missy’s experiencing a bling-bling take-over — time to lower the wattage and get a makeover!”

Fiona Apple: “A kinked and curled Kewpie Doll wrapped in a collection of yesterday’s fatal fashion frights.”

Kelly Osbourne: “A fright-wigged baby doll, stuck in a Goth prom gown and now we know what happened to Ozzy’s hand-me-downs.”

Kelly Clarkson: “Belly-baring bombs.”

Dixie Chicks: “Trio of truck stop fashion tragedies trapped in a typhoon.”

Jessica Simpson: “A global fashion curse.”

Marilyn Manson: “Like Alice Cooper doing Rosemary’s Baby.”