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Umberto Tirelli, Costume-Maker for Movies, Operas, Dead at 62

December 26, 1990

ROME (AP) _ Umberto Tirelli, a costume-maker for movies such as ″Amadeus″ and ″Once Upon a Time in America,″ died Wednesday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. He was 62.

Cause of death was not given for Tirelli, born in Gualtieri in the Reggio Emilia region in 1928. He worked as an errand-boy in a fabric shop in Milan before going into the costume business.

Tirelli’s work on ″Amadeus″ won recognition when the film won the Oscar for best costumes. He also made costumes for the movie ″The Name of the Rose″ and operas, including Luchino Visconti’s production of ″Norma″ with Maria Callas.

Tirelli first worked for the Safa workshop, then founded his own shop in 1964. It developed a reputation for quality and creativity.

Tirelli also developed an outstanding collection of costumes from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

The costume-maker’s work was exhibited at the Louvre in Paris in 1988 and was also shown at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kyoto Museum in Japan.

The funeral was scheduled for Friday in Rome.

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