Milo Morrow, costume master of the Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival’s costume shop for more than 20 years, died March 14 of a heart attack at his home in New York City. He was 73.
Born in Nebraska, Morrow served in World War II and soon after moved to New York to attend the Parsons School of Design. He was a fashion designer for 15 years after graduation.
He then went to work for Ray Diffen Stage Clothes, the leading theatrical couture house of the day. During his tenure, he made clothes for such costume designers as Irene Scharif and Theoni V. Aldredge.
In 1964, while still with Diffen, Morrow made Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding gown for her first marriage to Richard Burton.
Morrow’s collaboration with Aldredge at Diffen, which at the time made all the costumes for the New York Shakespeare Fest productions, led to what was to become New York’s only inhouse theatrical costume shop. In 1967, they approached Joseph Papp with the idea.
From those beginnings emerged a shop that produced costumes for many award-winning productions for the Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, Broadway, Lincoln Center, PBS and network television. The shop has graduated many successful craftspersons, including Santo Loquasto, Ann Hould-Ward, Franne Lee, William Ivey Long and Judy Dearing.
No survivors. A memorial service is being planned.