Elaine Davis Owen

Costume designer

Costume designer Elaine Davis Owen died Dec. 30 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She was 93.

Born in Missoula, Mont., she attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and then went to work as a costume designer. Over the course of her career, she worked for all the major film studios in Hollywood, including MGM, Disney, and RKO.

Highlights of her career included costume designs for “How Green Was My Valley,” “Mrs. Miniver,” “The Song of Bernadette,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Brigadoon,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Bus Stop,” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

While still working at the studios, she served on the faculty of Chouinard. She later headed the Costume department at Cornish College in Seattle for 12 years.

She is survived by her husband Dale.

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