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Friday Fashion: The Female Animal

For as long as fashion has existed, animal metaphors have been an indispensible part of the designers language. Hollywood, during its golden age, a leading arbiter of taste, heightened and refined the animal metaphor with brilliant costume designers turning ravishing movie stars into expressions of animal desire.

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Travis Banton vs. Claudette Colbert, Costume Design as Blood Sport

Costume Designer Travis Banton Claudette Colbert was signed to play Cleopatra in Cecil B. DeMille’s lavish 1934 production. As always with DeMille, the costumes had to be sleek, sexy, and outrageous. Little regard was given to period authenticity. Ever since De Mille turned Gloria Swanson into a fashion superstar, he understood that audiences—especially glamour starved […]

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Travis Banton: A Costume Designer’s Perfect Revenge

Travis Banton with devoted client Carole Lombard, 1934. Travis Banton, (1894 – 1958) one of Hollywood’s most important costume designers, dressed, among others: Pola Negri, Evelyn Brent, Clara Bow, Florence Vidor, Bebe Daniels, Kay Francis, Lilyan Tashman, Marlene Dietrich, Claudette Colbert, Sylvia Sidney, Gail Patrick and Mae West. Carole Lombard was so devoted to his […]

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