Monday, March 16, 2009


The untimely death of a woman so filled with life, left everyone who knew Abbijane in shock. Abbijane passed away last week from a ruptured aneurysm. Abbi was a clothing designer, but foremost a force of life. She was unofficially know as the mayor of her block on East 19th St. She lived in a wonderful townhouse, where she staged her fashion shows. (Her prior apartment was a lovely space with high ceilings and bright bubblegum pink walls.) Her designs were beautiful and understated. I have a few. They are timeless pieces, made of the best fabrics. Judging from the people who wore her clothes at the memorial, they still hold up and look better than ever.

Abbijane designed my wedding dress. She was so excited about it as she had the best cream colored crushed velvet that would be perfect to accommodate my need of being able to dance in it. She always overestimated my size. Even after taking my measurements, my first fitting was falling off me. She kept saying I forgot how small you are. Abbi was used to designing clothes for people like her: tall, thin and beautiful. She also made a point to say, you can cut the dress down after the wedding and wear it again. I still have the dress, but haven't altered it.

Abbijane had great stories. She told our friend Rosemary that she would never write a book. Too bad, it would have been entertaining. She was a mainstay at the Mudd Club in the 80's and a true supporter of her friends who all seemed to be musicians, artists or producers. Bob Gruen, the photographer was always at her shows. Lenny Kaye was a good friend. Being a David Johnsen fan, Abbi used to humor me by telling David stories. Abbijane never changed, she was ageless as I told her the last time I saw her last year. Her big smile will be greatly missed.


  1. Anonymous5:57 AM

    Abbijane was an angel. Always had a smile for me. Always real as could be. I miss you Abbie. I love you.


  2. Anonymous6:08 PM

    I love you too sweet Abbi. The world will definitely not be as joyful without you.
    You had such an authentic way about with no pretense and just a full big will be so missed my dear dear girl....
    Suzanne Mallouk

  3. Anonymous11:35 AM

    I miss you so. Your absence is a huge void to me and so many others. You were the only person in the entire world I could tell everything to and know I would not be judged. Old friends, with an incredibly strong bond, I truly felt you were my sister. It didn't matter if we spoke 7 times a day or not for a few days I also knew you were always there. I could never imagine my world without you in it. I will always feel this way. I know it will never change because I will always love you. P.

  4. Anonymous4:08 PM

    RIP AbbiJane......I always remember her and David Azark at the Mudd Club when I worked the bar....she always had the most beautiful smile....