Saturday, November 28, 2009



William Travilla was a costumer designer for film, theater, and television best known for dressing Marilyn Monroe in several of her films. Perhaps his best known work can be seen in the films The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire (for which he received an Academy Award nomimation), and The Valley of the Dolls. He was also the costome designer for The Thorn Birds.

Looking at the work of Travilla in the 1950s is to see the groundwork for contemporary fashion, in particular for the Fall 2009 season, which is all about fine, delicate, and feminine details. His influence can be seen in the current collections for Marc Jacobs to Alber Elbaz for Lanvin.
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