Definitions

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  • proper n. A surname.

Etymologies

From Armenian Աղայան (Ałayan). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As her legs were long and thin, Aghayan thought this was a great idea, and he was sure of the way she should look.

    The Guardian World News

  • Aghayan came from an Armenian family in Tehran, and his widowed mother, Yasmine, designed clothes for the ruling Pahlavi family; the boy, starstruck by Hollywood, was certain he, too, could create, and the amused Fawzia summoned him via her ladies in waiting.

    The Guardian World News

  • The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences still assumed that nothing on the box was purpose-made, however, and a member asked Aghayan what he did that was worth recognition, stating: "You shop for clothes and you bring it in and you put on stars and they wear it."

    The Guardian World News

  • It arrived at his door in the form of Bob Mackie, a young designer who sketched better than anyone and became Aghayan's professional and personal partner for life.

    The Guardian World News

  • Mackie had the wow factor, Aghayan supplied the subtle flattery.

    The Guardian World News

  • Aghayan campaigned successfully for an Emmy category for costume, and he and Mackie shared the first award, in 1967, for a television movie of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

    The Guardian World News

  • Now that television talent contests are gussied up to Vegas standards, it's less easy to appreciate the discreet glamour that was the speciality of Ray Aghayan, who has died aged 83.

    The Guardian World News

  • Aghayan was asked to advise on the televising of the Oscar shows from the late 1960s.

    The Guardian World News

  • Ray Aghayan was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Lady Sings the Blues, with Diana Ross, above, as Billie Holiday.

    The Guardian World News

  • Aghayan alone had a nomination for Gaily, Gaily 1969, and among his Broadway productions was nominated for a Tony in 1970 for Applause, the musical of All About Eve: he draped rows of fringe from Lauren Bacall's loping frame, to dance in lieu of her feet.

    The Guardian World News

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