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! 

 

 


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Bombshells: My Favorite Old Hollywood Brides

It's #bridalweek on the shop Instagram this week, so I thought it fitting to focus on brides in this week's Fashionable History post. I'm always inspired by Old Hollywood and for the brides my taste runs from the traditional to the slightly off beat. Here are my favorites, in no particular order: 

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. 1951.

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. 1951.

I love Ava's two tone dress she wore for her third marriage and to the love of her life, Frank. Their marriage was tumultuous but she never got over him. Designed by Italian house Fontana who also designed the costumes for many of her movies. The halter style was always so flattering on her! 

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier. 1959.

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier. 1959.

Hands down Brigitte is one of my top style idols and her pink gingham wedding dress makes me so happy! Yes, it's pink! I love her easy summer in Provence style. It can't be beat! 

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. 1956.

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. 1956.

Marilyn just looks so amazingly beautiful in the wedding photos from her marriage to Arthur Miller! A simple cream dress that fits her curves beautifully. I think her happiness over powers the dress, which is what truly makes a beautiful bride! 

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 1964.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 1964.

The first wedding for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was in 1964 in Montreal. This was Liz's 5th wedding! When Liz was with Richard, she really came into her own fashion wise and embraced the 60's. She wore a canary yellow chiffon dress designed by Cleopatra's costume designer Irene Sharaff. Hyacinths decorated her hair and a large Bulgari brooch topped off the look. Filming Cleopatra was where Liz and Dick met and became the most talked about celebrity couple. Liz is absolutely gorgeous in these photos! 

Elizabeth Taylor. 1964.

Elizabeth Taylor. 1964.

Grace Kelly. 1956.

Grace Kelly. 1956.

You simply can't do a post on Old Hollywood brides and not include Grace Kelly. Her marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956 is still the most iconic princess moment ever! Replicated over and over again but just can't be beat. Absolutely stunning!! Her dress was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. MGM footed the bill for the dress and gained exclusive rights to film the wedding as part of Grace's contract with the studio. Today this dress would cost $63,000! 

Who is your favorite vintage bride? What are your favorite bridal looks? Princess or gingham? Tough choices I know! Would love to read about your inspirations in the comments below! 

xo,

Karen


Image credits: Ava= googleimages. Brigitte= Vogue. Marilyn= pinterest Liz Taylor= Brides. Grace= beyondgracekelly.com

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