Bobbins: Label Love- Travilla

“Billy… Please dress me forever, I love you, Marilyn” 

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William (Billy) Travilla is best known for dressing Marilyn Monroe in some of her most epic films. The dresses themselves became as epic as MM herself. Even if you haven't seen her movies, you know the costumes. The white dress she wears in The Seven Year Itch on the subway grate. The hot pink dress in Gentleman Prefer Blondes. And so many, many more! 

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This dress sold for $4,600,000 (USD) during a 2011 auction

This dress sold for $4,600,000 (USD) during a 2011 auction

Travilla was born in California in 1920 and showed amazing artistic talent at a very young age. His career in fashion began in the 1940s when discovered by Ann Sheridan, who collected his paintings, took him on as her personal costume designer on the Warner Brother's lot. By the early 50's he was friends with Marilyn Monroe. He designed for two of her movies mentioned above plus Don't Bother to Knock, How to Marry a Millionaire and Bus Stop. 

Travilla was nominated for an Academy Award for How to Marry a Millionaire in 1954

Travilla was nominated for an Academy Award for How to Marry a Millionaire in 1954

While working on films Travilla also began his own label for the public in the 50s. He understood the power of the movies and movie stars to sell clothes. This is most evident in his collection that mirrored his designs for Valley of the Dolls in the 1960s. Sharon Tate even modeled the collection. 

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Travilla designed until his death in 1990. He was reluctant to work in the 80's but he realized that the show Dallas needed him, and so he continued to work! He won a Primetime Emmy for his work on that show in 1985. 

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Even his illustrations are beautiful! What an inspiration and prolific designer William Travilla was. Keep an eye out for his name in classic movie credits! 

 

Shop for designer vintage here including this gorgeous 1970s Travilla chiffon number


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xo,

Karen 

An Update

Hello everyone! I haven't posted here in a while because I've been busy updating the site and refocusing the shop to be strictly vintage. I have sent this update to my newsletter subscribers, and then I realized that so many of my blog readers follow this blog on bloglovin' (or the blog reader of their choice) and may have missed out on my new direction. So here I am to let you know that A. I am still here! and B. I am slowly taking my handmade items out of the shop (via this CLEARANCE SALE). This doesn't mean that I am no longer sewing or knitting, I am and I have refocused that side of me in a new blog; Atelier de LaPorte. If you've been a fan of the My Project posts that I have posted in this blog, they will now be found on my new site with more handmade wardrobe posts coming. If you're a maker, I am also sharing free patterns, tutorials, and where I am teaching! And handmade items are available for sale there. On this blog, I will be continuing on with the Fashionable History posts that I LOVE writing!

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Believe it or not, this blog started in 2008 on Blogger and the Fashionable History posts have been some of my most popular. I have recently imported many of my favorite archived posts and have more to come, so have a look and catch up! Bobbins posts will about designers, fashion trends over the years, silhouettes, and design. Bombshells posts are about the style icons and inspirations that keep my vintage passion alive. And then of course my super popular By Decade series are there as well. I resisted separating out these two sides of me for a long time because I thought it would be more work, and I really wanted to find a way to stay united- "this is me" kind of thing. Over time, and now that I work on my businesses full time, I have realized that for them to grow they must be on their own paths. They started developing their own personalities and should be separate. In other words, the woman in me that loves Old Hollywood glamour may confuse a like minded customer if there are handmade wool hats in the shop. I can now explore my loves in way that gives them more room. So, I hope you stay on for the ride! Join which ever seat you enjoy best. There is certainly room for you in both! xx, Karen

New Arrivals in the Shop

Renmor. 1960s matelassé LBD. Click picture to see listing. 

Renmor. 1960s matelassé LBD. Click picture to see listing. 

Rondella. 1950s wool swing coat with amazing fur collar. Click picture to see listing. 

Rondella. 1950s wool swing coat with amazing fur collar. Click picture to see listing. 


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