- Travis Banton
Travis Banton (August 18, 1894 - February 2, 1958) was the chief designer at Paramount Pictures. He is considered one of the most important Hollywood costume designers of the 1930s.
He was born in
Waco, Texas. Travis moved to New York Cityas a child. Banton was educated at Columbia University and at the Art Students League where he studied art and fashion design.
An early apprenticeship with a high-society costume dressmaker earned him fame. When
Mary Pickfordselected one of his dresses for her wedding to Douglas Fairbanks, his reputation was established.
He opened his own dressmaking salon in
New York City, and soon was asked to create costumes for the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1924, Travis Banton moved to Hollywoodwhen Paramount contracted with him to create costumes for his first film, " The Dressmaker From Paris."
Norma Talmadgein "Poppy," Banton designed clothing for Pola Negriand Clara Bowin the 1920s. In the '30s and '40s Banton designed for such stars as Kay Francis, Lilyan Tashman, Sylvia Sidney, Gail Patrick, Helen Vinson, and Claudette Colbert. Ultimately, Travis Banton may be best remembered for forging the style of such Hollywood icons as Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich, and the inimitable Mae West.
Glamour, understated elegance, and exquisite fabrics endeared Travis Banton to the most celebrated of Hollywood's beauties and made him one of the most sought-after costume designer of his era.
Howard Greerleft Paramount, Banton was promoted to Head Designer and was responsible for dressing the studio's most illustrious stars. Banton eventually left Paramount to start his own business, and also designed for Twentieth Century-Foxfrom 1939-1941 and Universal from 1945-1948.
Actresses he designed for
Clara Bowin "It", 1927
Mae Westin " I'm No Angel", 1933 and " Belle of the Nineties", 1934
Claudette Colbertin "Cleopatra", 1934
Loretta Youngin " The Crusades, 1935
Marlene Dietrichin "Shanghai Express", 1932, " The Scarlet Empress", 1934 and "The Devil is a Woman", 1935
Carole Lombardin " My Man Godfrey", 1936 and " Nothing Sacred", 1937
Alice Fayein " Lillian Russell", 1940
Linda Darnellin " The Mark of Zorro", 1940
Linda Darnelland Rita Hayworthin " Blood and Sand", 1941
Betty Grablein " Moon Over Miami", 1941
Rita Hayworthin " Cover Girl", 1944
Joan Bennettin " Scarlet Street", 1945
Merle Oberonin " A Song to Remember", 1945
Joan Fontainein "Letter from an Unknown Woman", 1948
Chierichetti, David. Hollywood Costume Design, Harmony Books, 1977. ISBN 0517526379.
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