Prolific Broadway costume designer Miles White, who created costumes for the original Broadway productions of “Oklahoma” and “Carousel,” as well as dozens of other musicals, movies, ballets, ice shows and circuses, died Feb. 17 of congestive heart failure in New York City. He was 85.
White’s designs for the features “The Greatest Show on Earth,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Around the World in 80 Days” earned him Oscar noms. Carol Channing, Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis and Lena Horne wore his costumes.
White, who was born in Oakland and attended Berkeley, debuted in 1938 with the costumes for “Right This Way,” and made his mark on Broadway with the George Abbott musical “Best Foot Forward.”
White went on to contribute to “Gentleman Prefer Blondes,” “Jamaica,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and won Tony Awards for the Harold Rome revue “Bless You All” and Jule Styne’s “Hazel Flagg.”
In the mid-1940s, Samuel Goldwyn brought him to California to work on two Danny Kaye starrers, “Up in Arms” and “The Kid From Brooklyn.”