Alice Davis, Disney’s It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean Costume Designer, Dies at 93

Alice Davis, Disney’s It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean Costume Designer, Dies at 93

Alice Davis, Disney's Costume Designer for Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World Rides Dead at 93

Alice Davis, Disney’s Costume Designer for Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World Rides Dead at 93

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Alice Estes Davis, a costume designer responsible for Disney theme park attractions including It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean, movies and TV shows, has died. It was 93.

Davis died Thursday at her Loz Feliz home in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney representatives did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Alice Davis, Disney's Costume Designer for Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World Rides Dead at 93

Alice Davis, Disney’s Costume Designer for Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World Rides Dead at 93

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An obituary published by the Walt Disney Company shares her many accomplishments and her lasting mark on the parks and beyond. Known for her work on the classic Disneyland rides, the late designer was also married to one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” — the famous cartoonist and fancier Mark Davis, who died in January 2000.

Born March 26, 1929, in Escalon, California, Alice won a scholarship to study costume design at Chouinard Art Institute in LA after graduating from high school in Long Beach. There, she attended night classes to study animation taught by her future husband, although their romance did not begin until after she graduated.

Alice began her career designing women’s underwear and lingerie for Beverly Vogue & Lingerie House in Los Angeles. After being quickly promoted to head designer, she eventually earned a reputation as a skilled pattern designer and authority on the uses of fabric while managing two factories.

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Alice got her first job at Disney after receiving a call from Marc in 1954 when he was looking for costume designs to dress actress Helene Stanley, who appeared in some live reference footage shot to inspire the animation of the protagonist, Briar. Rose inside Sleeping Beauty.

In 1963, Walt Disney asked Alice to use her skills for his characters It’s a small world attraction for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, where she and Marc collaborated with art designer Mary Blair to research, design and oversee the project. The attraction was later moved to Disneyland in 1966, where visitors still enjoy it today.

In 1965, he translated Marc’s original pirate costume designs for the costumes featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, another fan favorite. Other sights he contributed to include those of General Electric Carousel of Progress and Flight to the Moon.

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Alice called her career as an Imagineer at WED Enterprises, also known as Walt Disney Imagineering where she joined in 1962, “the best job I ever had, because there was no hierarchy.”

“Everybody had a job to do. None of us had titles. We all went by first names,” he said, according to the Walt Disney Company. “And we all worked for the same thing: to put on the best show possible. We’d be at work before we had to, and we’d stay as long as we needed to.”

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