Tony Curtis Could Act: The Boston Strangler (1968)

[…] to see on screen. Note the putty nose and dark contact lenses Tony donned for the film. Travilla’s Expert Use of Color My favorite Hollywood costume designer, Billy Travilla, furthered Tony’s complete transformation into Albert DeSalvo.  Travilla, a master of color, knew that the colors he chose to dress Tony in on screen could […]

Ann Sheridan

Plenty Of “Oomph”: The Underrated Ann Sheridan

[…] sense of fashion.  Ann knew how to wear clothes, and she appreciated a good designer. In fact, it was Ann’s keen eye for fashion that gave William “BillyTravilla his start in films. The legendary designer later became most celebrated for the flawless gowns he created for Marilyn Monroe, but Travilla’s success in Hollywood […]

Marilyn & Jane Get What They Want: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

[…] sheer, gold lame, low cut gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to the Photoplay Awards in February 1953, where Marilyn would be honored as Best Newcomer.  The gown’s designer, Billy Travilla, begged Marilyn not to wear the fragile dress, which Travilla had designed to look good on film, not necessarily to look classy worn out and […]

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge and Bright Road (1953)

[…] sounding good on the nightclub scene. Interesting fashion side note: Eventually, Dorothy would own gowns by the most renown designers of the era, including Don Loper and Billy Travilla.  At the height of her popularity on the nightclub scene, Dorothy Dandridge owned 56 designer gowns, which she insured for an impressive $250,000. Dorothy Finds […]

I Was A Male War Bride (1949)

[…] a Male War Bride That’s it for I Was  Male War Bride. Join me next week for all about Ann Sheridan and her friendship with fashion designer Billy Travilla. I Was a Male War Bride I Was a Male War Bride I Was a Male War Bride I Was a Male War Bride I […]