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Travis Banton

(1894 -  1958 )
BANTON Travis The Buccaneer

Christie's
Jun 20, 2014
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Travis Banton - The Sign Of The Cross

Travis Banton - The Sign Of The Cross

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The Sign Of The Cross, 1932
Travis Banton (1894-1958)
A watercolour and pencil costume sketch for Joyzelle Joyner as Ancaria in the 1932 Paramount film The Sign Of The Cross, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, showing a provocative filigree brassiere and form-fitting skirt split to the thigh, initialled in pencil by Travis Banton, initialled and approved by Cecil B. DeMille Ancaria CBDM, with production ink-stamp C. B. De Mille Productions Art Dept 22x14in. (56x35.5cm.)
The American Film Institute Catalog: Feature Films, 1931– 40, Patricia King Hanson, ed., Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993
Travis Banton - Marlene Dietrich Blonde Venus

Travis Banton - Marlene Dietrich Blonde Venus

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Lot number: 12
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Marlene Dietrich Blonde Venus, 1932
Travis Banton, (1894-1958)
A watercolour and pencil costume sketch of Marlene Dietrich as Helen Faraday in the Paramount film Blonde Venus, 1932, directed by Joseph Von Sternberg, the sketch showing Dietrich in a black velvet evening coat with luxurious pearl, gold, bead and sequin embellishment to front and cuffs, with fur trim to sleeves, worn in the scene where she goes to visit her son, signed in pencil Travis Banton, with 'Production Ink Stamp' to verso completed in pencil Prod # 892, Date 3-3-32, For Miss Dietrich, Costume # 7, Date 3/30, with printed type-script label [indistinct] & Bedroom, Car, Marlene Dietrich -- 21½x14in. (55x35.5cm.), framed; accompanied by a black and white film still [printed later] of Dietrich wearing the costume (2)
LaVINE Paul In a Glamorous Fashion: The Fabulous Years of Hollywood Costume Design, London: Scribner, 1980
Travis Banton started designing costume for Paramount Pictures in 1924, following on from a successful career as a mainstream clothes designer in New York. Banton's career change from clothing designer to becoming the head of the costume department at Paramount came when Mary Pickford chose him to design her wedding dress for her marriage to Douglas Fairbanks. It was in the 1930s that Banton reached the pinnacle of his career dressing top actresses, including Bebe Daniels, Clara Bow and Evelyn Brent. Marlene Dietrich personally chose Banton to design her costumes, the first film they worked on being Morocco in 1930.
The evening coat made for the film Blonde Venus was offered for auction at Christie's, New York, December 12th 1990, lot 157.
Travis Banton - Cleopatra

Travis Banton - Cleopatra

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Cleopatra, 1934/Claudette Colbert
Travis Banton (1894-1958)
A watercolour and pencil costume sketch of Claudette Colbert as Cleoptra in the 1934 Paramount film Cleopatra, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the sketch showing the bias-cut gold lamé gown with gilt and emerald green scarab headdress and jewellery worn by Colbert in the scene where she tries to poison Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony, with additional pencil sketches of the rear and side angles, initialled in pencil by Travis Banton, numbered in pencil 995 and approved in red pencil OK by Cecil B. DeMille, the reverse with a similar watercolour and pencil costume sketch of Colbert as Cleopatra in a different pose, the pencil and colouring possibly by Paloma Gibson over a lighter sketch by Banton, initialled in pencil TB, production ink-stamp to front and reverse C. B. De Mille Productions Art Dept; accompanied by corresponding black and white reproduction still 22x14in. (56x35.5cm.)
SURMELIAN, Leon Studio Designer Confesses, Motion Picture, December 1938
Image courtesy of Bison Archives
Travis Banton - The Buccaneer

Travis Banton - The Buccaneer

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Lot number: 16
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The Buccaneer, 1938/Franciska Gaal
Travis Banton (1894-1958)
A watercolour and pencil costume sketch for Franciska Gaal as Gretchen in the 1938 Paramount film The Buccaneer, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, showing the frothy evening gown with elaborate star embellishments worn by Gaal at the Victory Ball, signed in pencil TB, initialled and approved by Cecil B. DeMille, production ink-stamp to reverse completed in pencil Prod. # 1151, Date 8.30.37, For Miss Gaal, Costume # 7, Estimated Cost 263.50 Budget 300.00, time of approval ink-stamps showing the time at 5.12pm and the approvers in pencil Mr De Mille and Mr Johnston, additional annotations in pencil detailing the breakdown of costs, ink-stamped C. B. DeMille Productions Art Dept; accompanied by corresponding black and white reproduction still 22½x14¼in. (57x36cm.)
Image courtesy of Bison Archives
Travis Banton - Marlene Dietrich Blonde Venus

Travis Banton - Marlene Dietrich Blonde Venus

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Lot number: 13
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Marlene Dietrich Blonde Venus, 1932
Travis Banton (1894-1958)
A watercolour and pencil costume sketch of Marlene Dietrich as Helen Faraday in the Paramount film Blonde Venus, 1932, directed by Joseph Von Sternberg, the sketch showing Dietrich in a bodice adorned with feathers and sequins complete with afro blonde wig, worn in the acclaimed Hot Voodoo scene, signed in pencil Travis Banton, with 'Production Ink Stamp' to verso completed in pencil Prod # 892, date 3-3-32, For Miss Dietrich, Costume # 5 with printed type-script label Marlene Dietrich with hand written detail return 11901-11933 -- 22x14in. (56x35.5cm.), framed; accompanied by a black and white film still [printed later] of Dietrich wearing the costume (2)
DICKENS, Homer Marlene Dietrich, London: Citidal Press, p.105 American Film Institute Exhibition Catalogue, Los Angeles, 1993, pp.187-188
The Hot Voodoo scene in Blonde Venus has been commented on by film critics since its release in 1932. The surprising performance begins with a chorus of black show girls dressed in 'savage' costume parading a dancer dressed in a black gorilla suit though the audience. The gorilla takes centre stage and unmasks the performer as Marlene Dietrich. Dressed in a bodice extravagantly adorned with ostrich feathers, rhinestones and sequins, Dietrich's look is completed with a large blonde afro-style wig embellished with sequin covered arrows, worn while she sings Hot Voodoo. This unforgettable routine pays tribute to Joseph Von Sternberg's statement in his autobiography regarding Blonde Venus that it was ...written swiftly to provide something other than the sob stories that were being submitted.
Also see footnote to lot 12.
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