Frank Samuel Rizzo was born in Buffalo, New York, to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Rizzo, both of whom were interior decorators. He attended Grover Cleveland High School and studied drawing and painting at the Albright Art School, both in Buffalo, and engaged in home study of fashion design through the Fashion Academy. Rizzo was a member of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. He spent two years in Japan where he studied Japanese textiles and color theory at the Kamakura Art School before enrolling in Parsons. He graduated from Parsons in 1958. After a decade of professional designing at labels such as Jablow, Hannah Troy, and Ceil Chapman, Rizzo founded his own boutique in Midtown Manhattan in 1960. In 1966, Rizzo returned to Parsons to as a member of the Fashion Design Department, and in 1983 was promoted to chairman following the retirement of Ann Keagy. He served in this capacity until 1996.
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