This August marks 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s death and the whole world will be talking about as well as holding a special memorial for her in Los Angeles.
To celebrate his most famous client, costume designer, William Travilla has written a book, Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled, focusing on the striking dresses that he designed for Marilyn, including “coverage” on his work on the thriller, Don’t Bother to Knock and the gorgeous pink dress in which Marilyn sang Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend to the legendary white dress from The Seven Year Itch, which arguably contributed to the collapse of Marilyn’s marriage to Joe DiMaggio.
Featuring Travilla’s original sketches, rare costume test shots, dress patterns, photographs of Marilyn wearing the dresses, plus exclusive and never-before-seen extracts from interviews with Travilla, this book offers a fresh insight into the golden age of Hollywood.
About the Author
Andrew Hansford has been involved in fashion for many years, having worked as a model and established his own business in the beauty industry. However, his life changed dramatically in 2007 when, after a phone call from a friend, a box of dresses designed by William Travilla for the screen legend Marilyn Monroe arrived on his doorstep. Since then, Andrew has worked with the Travilla Estate to help Travilla regain the renown he deserves. Andrew now manages Travilla’s archive and has been responsible for six exhibitions showcasing Travilla’s stunning work.