Bonwit Teller & Co
(designer)Marusia Toumanoff Sassi
October 30 1956
8 in (width) x 10 in (height)
Bonwit Teller window display featuring a women's ensemble adapted from the costumes of the comedy "Auntie Mame". The adaptation was done in collaboration with the movie's costume designers, Travis Banton and Marusia Toumanoff Sassi. Travis Banton was one of the chief costume designers of Paramount and was considered the most influential costume designer of the 1930s. The background of the window consists of an ornate screen divider, and a mannequin who stands off to the side dressed in a robe and sandals. The other mannequin is standing more in the center of the display, a cigarette holder in one hand, and wearing an embroidered coat, dress and heeled shoes. A banner at the bottom of the display reads "That one and only 'Auntie Mame'... all in these fashions adapted by Marusia and Travis Banton from the costumes of the gala comedy 'Auntie Mame'... Designers Salon Sixth Floor... starring the one and only Rosalind Russell as 'Auntie Mame' herself!"
Fifth Avenue/ October 30, 1956/ 1450A Virginia Roehl/ Bonwit Teller
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