Multiple Tony Award-winning costume designer Florence Klotz passed away last week at her home in Manhattan. Klotz was born October 28, 1920 in Brooklyn and achieved great success both on Broadway and in film.
Klotz began her career in 1951 as an assistant to Irene Sharaff, who designed the costumes for Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.
She also worked with Jerome Robbins, designing costumes for Madama Butterfly for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the film version of A Little Night Music, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Other musicals she designed for included City of Angels; On the Twentieth Century; It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman; and The Little Foxes.
All of the Tonys Klotz won were for musicals produced by Harold Prince:
1995: Show Boat
1993: Kiss of the Spider Woman
1976: Pacific Overtures
1973: A Little Night Music
Last year Klotz was given the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2002 she was awarded the Fashion Institute of Technology's Patricia Zipprodt Award. She has also been awarded multiple Drama Desk Awards, LA Critic Circle Awards, and Outer Critic Circle Awards.