DRESSING MARILYN: The Timeless Dresses of William Travilla

DRESSING MARILYN: The Timeless Dresses of William Travilla

ANDREW HANSFORD    Book Number: 88616    Product format: Hardback

William Travilla might not be the household name that Marilyn Monroe has become, but without the vision of this brilliant Hollywood costume designer some of the most iconic images of the Hollywood actress would never have existed. During their intense working relationship Travilla created many of Monroe's most famous costumes in the films How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) and Bus Stop (1956) which earned him two Academy Award nominations. It was also a love story between two people who admired and loved each other unconditionally. He said in an interview, 'My clothes for Marilyn were an act of love, I adored her.' It showed. Here they are going to lunch together on Pico in LA for cheeseburgers and apple pie, she looking like a beautiful slob with dark glasses and a bandana covering her hair. They became lovers and in one very rare photograph he is pictured with Marilyn and an unidentified black man spending an evening at an almost exclusively black club in Los Angeles, something that just wasn't done in 1952. The studio was outraged, especially after the nude photograph scandal involving Marilyn in March of that year and this was still an age of racial segregation. Marilyn and Travilla remained friends almost to the end of her life and revealingly, he commented that if she had died by her own hand she would have made a show of it - looking stunning in one of the negligées he made for her, all satin and ostrich feathers. Beautiful, colour, full page sketches, the book is organised into the iconic and memorable designs - the red dress, the gold dress, the pink dress, the purple dress, heatwave, the white dress, the stripper, and personal dresses. On set, test shots, Travilla's sketches, even for dresses seen only briefly in films like 'River of No Return', that yellow showgirl costume, the emerald green split velvet dress, close ups of bodices and beading, a beautiful black crepe dress closely fitted with animal print stole and muff to adorn it to perfection, stunning gowns, many in close up photos as they are today complete with lipstick stain, and all the embroidery and crystals and chiffon and ruffles and netting and satin. Are you ready for lights, camera, action? Watch the white dress blow up for the Seven Year Itch and even see views of the original pattern for that white dress, all cut bias and made of georgette. Features stories from behind the dresses and lost interviews with this most sought-after designer, Travilla, who also created outfits for Jane Russell, Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall. With posters, colour photos, sketches, a beautiful wardrobe gallery. 192pp, 7½" x 9½".
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ISBN 9781847960986
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