David Berman, renowned costumer who helped make the wardrobes for “My Fair Lady” and “Cleopatra,” died of natural causes March 2 at his home in Santa Monica. He was 90.
Berman, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, began his career with Britain’s venerable Max Berman & Sons, and in 1939, moved his family to Hollywood to start another branch of the family business.
During World War II, at the request of the British government, Berman created authentic-looking Nazi uniforms for a successful espionage mission.
In addition to film, Berman worked in TV, designing wardrobes for “I Love Lucy,” “The Untouchables,” “The Danny Thomas Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Red Skelton Show” and “The Jack Benny Show.”
His work also graced the legit stage, including the musicals “Flower Drum Song,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” In the 1950s and ’60s, nearly every costume on the Las Vegas stage was reputed to be produced by Berman’s Hollywood company.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean, a daughter, four grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a brother and nieces.
Family has asked that donations be made to the Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 90404-1337.