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Jerry Skeels, costume designer, 68

Emmy nominee created Hollywood Graffiti gown

Emmy-nommed costume designer Jerry Skeels died July 24 in Lake Arrowhead, Calif. He was 68.

Skeels and partner Randy McLaughlin created hand-beaded gowns and original costumes for TV shows and films. Skeels received Emmy noms for costume design for “One West Waikiki” with Cheryl Ladd and for “P.S.I. Luv U” with Connie Sellecca.

They also created the Hollywood Graffiti gown, adorned with beaded platinum signatures of celebrities, used as a fundraising tool against HIV/AIDS.

The duo created the red gown worn by Joan Collins on the cover of the 1983 Christmas edition of Playboy, and the wedding gown worn by Nikki when she married Victor on “The Young and the Restless” in 1984. Skeels and McLaughlin portrayed themselves on the show, making preparations for the wedding.

Skeels was also a dancer, appearing in more than 50 musicals.

Skeels and McLaughlin’s musical theater project, “Lost Spirit,” for which they wrote the music, lyrics, original script and designed the costumes, will premiere Oct. 5 in Upland, Calif. The benefit performance will serve as a memorial tribute.

He is survived by his partner of 29 years, Randy McLaughlin, and a sister.

Donations may be made to The Jeran Foundation, P.O. 2168, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352.

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