Bus Stop (1956)

Director: Joshua Logan

Costume designer: William Travilla

NB: This is a repost from my previous blog (24th January 2010)

I didn’t particularly like this film but I’ve got a soft spot for the (very) few little numbers Marilyn wears. Many of her film outfits were created by costume designer William Travilla including this one. It reminds me a lot of Milton Greene’s pictures who in my opinion took the most beautiful shots of Marylin.

Not so long after I posted this entry, I had the surprise and pleasure to find out that the curator of the Travilla’s collection, Andrew Hansford, had left a comment on my post :

“What a lovely tribute to Travilla and Marilyn. My name is Andrew and I am the currator of the Travilla Tour.
It is lovely when I come cross such nice things from fans. Oh and I have the gold coat, never shown it before but watch this space.


Today I was digging again for some material regarding Marilyn Monroe when I found out that Andrew has actually had a book published in October 2011 called ‘Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood icon was styled by William Travilla’. I can’t believe I missed that as I’ve been a huge fan of Travilla since!

travilla pink gown

A few sketches can be seen at:


No need to say that I highly recommend a visit on Andrew’s website:

http://williamtravilla.com (previously known as ‘travillatour.com’)

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Marylin as “Chérie” (Darling in French) Floral negligee

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Floral negligee II

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The ‘fish scales’ outfit with dark-green/black gloves with sequins

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Sequined gloves and a radiant smile

mm bus stop4Lace peasant/gipsy top, pencil black satin skirt with a row of buttons up on the left side, big black leather belt.

Milton Greene was a visual/technical consultant for the film. The outfits can be seen in great detail on the pictures he took on location:

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Detail of the sleeve

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The engagement ring

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Golden lamé coat with mink trimmings and matching hat

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Stuck at the Bus stop by the snow

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A closer look at the golden coat


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