Jack Edwards, costume designer for Broadway and the Guthrie, has died

Jack Edwards, costume designer for Broadway and the Guthrie, has died
A Jack Edwards designed costume from The Misanthrope

Costume and fashion designer Jack Edwards lived a life in clothes. Though his early career efforts took him to Broadway, Hollywood, and opera houses around the world, Minnesotans may be most familiar with his work through his 18 years as costume director for the Guthrie.

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Edwards died Saturday at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis. He was 78.

Last year, the Goldstein Museum hosted a retrospective of his work.

"It's a fabulous honor, and it's also very shocking," Edwards said in an interview with City Pages before the exhibition's opening. "I always thought that I wasn't regarded very highly as a designer. I asked, 'Why me?' and I was told that I was a major player in the cultural aspects of Minneapolis for many, many years. I didn't think that anyone noticed! But, really, how could I not be pleased?"

We noticed. During his 50-plus-year career he dressed celebrities including Richard Burton, Katharine Hepburn, Lorie Line, and Prince. After leaving his gig with the Guthrie in 1989, Edwards went on to create costumes for the Dayton's/Marshall Fields holiday shows and the first five Holidazzle parades.

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