Remembering Kate Spade's Life in Photos

The legendary accessories designer passed away today at the age of 55.

Fashion designer Kate Spade passed away today at the age of 55. In honor of her lasting legacy on the fashion industry, we're taking a look back at her life in photos.

Kate at the 1997 the Academy Awards with her brother-in-law David Spade.


Kate at the CFDA Awards in 1998, seven years after she launched her accessories line with her then-boyfriend Andy Spade. They officially founded Kate Spade & Co. in 1993.

Kate at her Boston store in June 1999. In that same year, Neiman Marcus bought 56 percent of Kate Spade New York for $33.6 million.

Kate (center) poses with her husband (right) and brother-in-law David Spade (left) at the 20th annual American Fashion Awards in 2000.

Here, she shows off a colorful bag at the 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.

Arriving at a fundraiser at Tavern on the Green in 2001.

Kate at the 2001 US Open.

Kate in her office in 2002.

Andy and Kate Spade pose for a snapshot at Shakespeare in the Park in 2003.

Kate was never one to shy away from color. Here she is at the 2003 Glamour 'Women of the Year' Awards carrying a bright yellow clutch.

Andy and Kate in 2004.

Kate and her husband Andy pose for a photo in 2005.

Kate at the 2006 CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund Awards. That year, she and her partners sold the rest of Kate Spade New York to Neiman Marcus for $59 million.

In 2006, Kate Spade curated a gallery of Slim Aarons's photographs. Here she is (right) celebrating that exhibition with her husband Andy, brother in law, David, and Courteney Cox Arquette.

Another touching family portrait taken in 2007.

Dressed all in purple, Kate attends a gala at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York in 2007.

Here she is playing with her daughter Francis at an Easter benefit for Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2009.

Kate with her daughter Frances, alongside Darcy Miller and Jenna Lyons at the opening of the J.Crew Bridal Boutique in June 2010.

In the heart of New York City in 2013.

Kate with her husband at the opening night performance of 'The Woodsman' in 2016.

Kate and Andy created Frances Valentine, a shoe, and handbag company, in February 2016. Here they are just over a year later, discussing the project at Build Studio.

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