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Dan Arje papers ➔ Bonwit Teller Window Display Featuring Women's Evening Ensemble Adapted from the Costumes of "Auntie Mame" by Marusia Toumanoff Sassi and Travis Banton, with Waiter in Background

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Bonwit Teller & Co (commissioner)
Virginia Roehl (photographer)
Travis Banton (designer)
Marusia Toumanoff Sassi (designer)
Dan Arje (compiler)


October 30 1956

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photographic prints


8 in (width) x 10 in (height)


Bonwit Teller window display featuring a women's ensemble that was 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. A mannequin dressed as a waiter stands to the side of the window in front of a brick wall. The other mannequin is highlighted, standing towards the center of the window and wearing an ensemble consisting of a dress, a sheer wrap, a pearl necklace, long gloves, heeled shoes and clutch. 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/ 1449A Virginia Roehl/ Bonwit Teller


binder 5



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