Don Loper

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Don Loper (April 29, 1906 – November 22, 1972) was an American costume and necktie designer,[1] as well as a screenwriter, choreographer, associate producer, actor,[2] and assistant to MGM musicals producer Arthur Freed. He began his career as a dancer and was teamed with Ginger Rogers in the film Lady in the Dark (1944).[3]

Loper is also known for introducing Judy Garland to her future husband, director Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis).[4]

Loper's work, some of which were designed for stars like Ella Fitzgerald[5] and Lucille Ball[6] are featured in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art[7] and the California African American Museum.[5] He played himself in an episode of I Love Lucy titled "The Fashion Show" in 1955.


He died in Santa Monica, California, from complications following a lung puncture.[2]


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Fashion Designer, Don Loper, Dies". The Dispatcher. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fashion Designer, Don Loper, Dies". The Dispatch. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Don Loper Bio". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "California African American Museum". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Dressing With Don Loper at New York Pops Celebration". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Don Loper / Evening Dress and Coat / circa 1958". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 

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