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Monty Berman

British costumer

Monty Berman, whose British costume company clothed the casts of such films as “The African Queen,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Dr. Zhivago” and the James Bond movies, died July 15 in Monte Carlo following a short illness. He was 90.

Berman’s roster of clients included Katherine Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Richard Harris, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, John Mills, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Lew Grade, Cubby Broccoli and David Putnam.

Born in London’s East End, he was the son of Russian immigrants, served in the Royal air force during WWII and helped organize the famous 654 Squadron, for which he was awarded the MBE. In 1972, he merged Berman’s (founded by Morris Berman in 1885) and Nathan’s (which had been making costumes for the London stage for 200 years).

Among the London stage productions his firm costumed were the original “My Fair Lady,” “The King and I” and “Les Miserables.”

He is survived by his second wife, Maya, and two daughters from his first marriage to longtime wife Sheila.

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