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R.I.P Julie Harris, Oscar-winning costume designer who styled the swinging ’60s

Julie Harris (right) on set. (Image by: Women's Wear Daily)

Julie Harris, a British costume designer who worked on more than 80 films spanning five decades, has died at the age of 94. Ms. Harris died on May 30 in London of a chest infection.

Harris won an Oscar for her work on Darling in 1965, and a BAFTA for her work on The Wrong Box the following year, but she is best known for her work on films that defined the look of swinging London in the 1960s and ’70s. Among those were the Beatles vehicles A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, gigs that led Harris to later claim, “I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George, and Ringo naked.”


Harris also worked on two Bond films, giving the super-spy a sense of glamour in 1968’s Casino Royale and creating Roger Moore’s black turtleneck look when he debuted as 007 in Live And Let Die. She also worked on films as varied as Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson, the original Rollerball, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, a 1979 version of Dracula with Frank Langella as the vampire and Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing, and The Great Muppet Caper. Harris retired from film in the early ‘90s, and spent her last decades working as an artist specializing in oil painting.

Julie Christie in Darling
The Beatles in Help!
Bond. James Bond.

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