Fashion producer and lecturer June Van Dyke, who for many years served as an assistant and protege of Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, died Aug. 1 at her home in Los Angeles from complications related to a respiratory condition. She was 69.
Van Dyke enjoyed an impressive and varied career that included fashion coordination for television commercials, advertising campaigns and magazine layouts.
In the mid-1960s Van Dyke and Head met at a fashion show Van Dyke was producing. They subsequently joined forces, producing fashion shows around the globe that featured Head’s private collection of elegant and award-winning movie costumes.
Following Head’s death in 1981, her collection of more than 100 costumes was left to Van Dyke, who continued to present fashion shows under the title “The Edith Head Collection by June Van Dyke.”
Van Dyke also presented her fashion lecture series, “What You Wear Speaks So Loudly I Cannot Hear What You Are Saying,” to major corporations and professional orgs across the United States.
Van Dyke was also a longtime friend and employee of the Motion Picture & Television Fund as manager of the Cinema Glamour Shop and worked with the Screen Smart Set Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.
Services are pending.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests that donations in Van Dyke’s name be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund or to the Screen Smart Set Auxiliary.