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Theoni Aldredge dies at 78; costume designer

Theoni Aldredge dies at 78; costume designer

Theoni V. Aldredge, a preeminent costume designer in theater and film who created wardrobes for more than 300 productions over nearly 50 years, died Friday at a Connecticut hospice, said her husband, actor Tom Aldredge. She was 78. Know for her versatility as a costumer, Aldredge received an Oscar for her work on the 1974 film "The Great Gatsby." She also won three Tony Awards for designs for the Broadway plays "Annie," "Barnum" and "La Cage aux Folles" in the 1970s and 1980s. Her costumes inspired many fashion designers, including Ralph Lauren, who assisted on "Gatsby." The lavish, 1920-influenced designs on that film — including...