Claudette Colbert in Travis BantonThis month at Colette Patterns I get to write about my favorite subject: Hollywood costume designers of the 1930-50s. Designers such as Adrian, Orry-Kelly, Travilla, and new ones I've just been made aware of. Please check out my columns each Wednesday at the Colette Patterns blog.
First up is Travis Banton, head costume designer at Paramount Pictures who was responsible for the "Joan Crawford Look".* The shoulder pads and elegant long look of the gowns even started to effect what the average woman was wearing too. Here are just a few pictures that I had to leave out of the profile because of space.
His first costume picture, 1925's Dressmaker from Paris.
Joel McCrea and Kay Francis in Girls About Town (1931).
*Now remember, he did the clothes NOT the hideous makeup she started to wear in her later years in film.