Sunday, April 19, 2009
Elton's Wardrobe Director Dies
With great sadness we report the death of Phillip Dennis, who had been Elton's Wardrobe Director for many years and was a much-loved member of Elton's touring party.
Phillip, aged 51, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 8, at his home in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, surrounded by his family. He had had a lengthy battle with cancer.
Phillip grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from James M. Bennett High School, he studied costume design and retail advertising at Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979. He had a thriving career in the entertainment business for more than 29 years, where he served as a costume designer and/or wardrobe director for numerous feature films, television, music and theatre productions.
Most notably, Phillip was the wardrobe director for Barry Manilow and Elton. Phillip traveled around the world many times with each of these artists, and remained close friends with both. Phillip touched many people's lives with his generous heart, quick wit and love of life. He loved making people laugh, spending time with his good friends and celebrating holidays with his family