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. A mannequin dressed as schoolboy is holding a notebook and pencil in the foreground near the side of the window. The center mannequin is standing in a spotlight in a dress with a feathered skirt, diamond necklace, wrist gloves, 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/ 1452A Virginia Roehl/ Bonwit Teller
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