costume design / shape of water costume designer – Milicent Patrick

April 8, 2019 - Integrative Studio 2
costume design / shape of water costume designer – Milicent Patrick

Since I am always really interested in theater arts and also costume design, and this idea of performing art and visual arts was around me recently, I decided to start exploring theater designers and artist that I never knew about. While searching, I found out the theater artists’ information was hard to track and vague, which I later come out an idea to search by films of my favorites visual aspects, which one of it was ” The shape of water.” From the shape of water, I found out information about the inspiration monster of the film, which was the  Gill-man, was inspired from a film named  Creature from the Black Lagoon, originally created by Milicent Patrick, an  actress, makeup artist, special effects designer and animator, so I I decided to investigate more on this artist.

Milicent Patrick was born in the Mildred Elizabeth Fulvia di Rossi; on November 11, 1915, in El Paso, Texas, and died at the age of 82 on February 24, 1998. She was credited as the first female who worked at Walt Disney, however, she was fired because of noting as objecting to a woman’s being credited with the work on the costume, which she called herself  ‘The Beauty who Created the Beast’in the headline promotion of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Her early works included  Against All Flags, the makeup of Jack Palance in The Sign of the Pagan , part of the design of the It Came From Outer Space Globs, Mr. Hyde in Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Metaluna mutant in This Island Earth and was a mask maker for The Mole People.


Jack Palance in The Sign of the Pagan


gill man and the sketch of an animation

Artist portrait

Monday Monster Makers- “The Beauty Who Created The Beast” Milicent Patrick


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