Moss Mabry

Costumer designer

Moss Mabry, an Academy Award-nominated costumer designer who dressed Doris Day and helped fashion the style of movies such as “Giant” and “The Way We Were,” died Jan. 25 in Oceanside, Calif. following a long illness. He was 87.

A memorial service for Mabry, who had no immediate survivors, will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 at Buena Vista Baptist Church, 145 Hannalei Drive, Vista, Calif.

Mabry dressed some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, both on and off the screen. His acquaintances included Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Doris Day and Liza Minelli.

His career began with wardrobe work in the 1950s and spanned more than three decades. He worked on more than 80 movies, including “Dial M for Murder,” “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

Mabry never won an Oscar but he was nominated four times for costume design: in 1956 with Marjorie Best for “Giant,”; in 1964 with Edith Head for “What a Way to Go,”; in 1965 for “Morituri,” and with Dorothy Jeakins in 1973 for “The Way We Were.”

He said that “Giant” was his most challenging job. The script called for 42 costume changes to reflect how Taylor’s character aged over the course of 30 years.

Born in Marianna, Fla., Mabry designed costumes for his high school plays but he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Florida.

Mabry came to Hollywood, where he attended art school and went to work for celebrity fashion designer Don Loper before getting a contract with Warner Brothers. He went on to work with several other major studios.

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