Former Texas Rose Festival dress designer dies at 93

DALLAS, Texas (KETK) – The former Texas Rose Festival dress designer for nearly 40 years has died.

According to the Byrum Funeral Home obituaryWinn Morton passed away peacefully at his home on April 22 at the age of 93.

Born in Lancaster in December 1928, Winn has worked with all of New York’s top costume shops, designing for Broadway and off-Broadway Productions. In 1975 Winn became the artistic director of Six Flags Show Productions.

In 1982, Winn became the designer for the Texas Rose Festival, held annually in Tyler. His obituary states that “each season he has surpassed the previous year with his artistry for the Queen, Duchess and Ladies-in-Waiting, as well as countless debutantes”.

He would then have teams in Dallas and San Antonio to bring his outstanding sketches to life.

In 2019, the man behind the glittering dresses and spectacular stages retired, having designed costumes and sets for his last Texas Rose Festival competition.

A private memorial is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Texas Dachshund LoverPO Box 820984, Dallas, TX, 75382-0984.

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