Monday, March 1, 2010


Travis Banton- was a costume designer that was comprehensively trained at the Columbia University, the New York School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts where he studied art and fashion design. Banton is now considered to be one of the most important Hollywood costume designers of the 1930’s. He was hired by Paramount Pictures’ Walter Wanger to work on the film The Dressmaker of Paris. During his 20 years with Paramount Banton was influential and instrumental in establishing the fashion images both on screen and off screen, mostly with actresses such as Marlene Dietrich and Mae West. When designer Howars Greer left Paramount, Banton was promoted to Head Designer and was responsible for dressing the studio’s most illustrious stars. Banton eventually left Paramount to start up his own business in the New York City and work with both fox and universal studios, concluding his Hollywood career as costume designer for the benighted 1951 biopic Valentino. Banton’s final show business contribution consisted of his deliberately lurid costumes of Auntie Mame star Rosalind Russell. With Banton expressing a level of Glamour, understated elegance, and exquisite fabrics endeared Travis Banton to the most celebrated of Hollywood's beauties and made him one of the most desired costume designer of his era.

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