Advice from the Costume Designer: Travis Banton on accuracy (1935)

Clara Bow In "IT" 1927, costume designed by Travis Banton

As I have said and repeat, my aim is for the legitimate. When a woman is required to dress for golf in a certain scene there is really no point in making her seem ready for a dance at the country club. When she is fitted with a bathing suit it should at least look suitable for water. Keeping this in mind,… I then muster new fashions which are the outcome of many trips to Paris, London and other points of fashion and modify and adjust them to the needs of the role.”

–Travis Banton quoted in Harrison, Helen. “Hollywood’s Own Revolt,” Screenland, March 1935, 33.

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