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Moss Mabry PictureMoss Newton Mabry (July 5, 1918 - January 25, 2006) was a costume designer. He designed the famous red jacket worn by James Dean in the classic Rebel Without a Cause (1955). He is known for his work on Giant (1956), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Dial M for Murder (1954). He was Nominated for 4 Oscars: 1974 Best Costume Design, The Way We Were (1973) Shared with: Dorothy Jeakins; 1966 Best Costume Design, Morituri (1965); 1965 Best Costume Design, What a Way to Go! (1964) Shared with: Edith Head; 1957 Best Costume Design, Giant (1956) Shared with: Marjorie Best.

Moss Newton Mabry was born on July 5, 1918 in Marianna, Florida, USA. He designed costumes for his high school's plays, but studied mechanical engineering at the University of Florida. Started his working life as an engineer with the Florida State Highway Department. However, he changed his career path by moving to the West Coast, where he went on to study fashion design at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He went to Hollywood to attend art school, and eventually signed a contract with Warner Brothers. There he worked with and dressed some of the major stars of Hollywood, including Doris Day, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, Lauren Bacall and Lana Turner. His work spanned three decades and included Dial M for Murder and Them! (both 1954), The Manchurian Candidate and Mutiny on the Bounty (both 1962), The Silencers, Murderers' Row (both 1966), The Detective (1968), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), The Shootist and King Kong (both 1976).

He said that his most difficult assignment was designing the clothes for Elizabeth Taylor in Giant (1956). The script called for 42 clothing changes.

Under contract to Warner Brothers, 1953-1956; 20th Century Fox, 1963-1968; Columbia 1968-1973.

He died on January 25, 2006 in Oceanside, California, USA.


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