Today marks the 50th year anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death.
Andrew Hansford is the author of Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla (Applause Books). This is an excerpt of an interview posted on Chic Galleria. Please visit the site for the full interview.
How did you get started in fashion?
I started many years ago when I worked as a model in Europe.
Whose idea was it for this book?
It was my idea. I knew after all the thousands of people who came to see the exhibitions would like to know more. I was asked all the time about their relationship and details of the dresses.
Can you talk a little more on the book?
It was a pleasure to write. It came from the heart and I hope people see the friendship between the two. Not just ‘another’ Marilyn book but one that shows the true side of her.
William Travilla is one of the best costume designers of all time and Marilyn Monroe his most famous client. Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla focuses on the striking dresses that Travilla designed for Marilyn, from his early work on the thrillerDon’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.