Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sad news to hear that Theoni V. Aldredge, designer of some of the most glamorous costumes seen on stage and screen, has died at the age of 78.She was nominated for 14 Best Costume Tony Awards and won three times for ANNIE, BARNUM and for the over-the-top glamour of the original 1983 production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES seen here with star George Hearn and La Cagelles.Among the shows she was nominated for was the original 1981 DREAMGIRLS, the Tyne Daly 1989 revival of GYPSY and the original 1975 production of A CHORUS LINE.She won a deserved Academy Award in 1974 for her glorious costumes for THE GREAT GATSBY which saw a revival in the soft lines of 1920s fashion on the high street. She also designed for the divas of the day such as Faye Dunaway's power-dressing TV executive in NETWORK, Bette Midler's satin-and-tat schmatte in THE ROSE and... um... Valerie Perrine and The Village People in CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC!

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