book is definitely filled with some fresh information you won't find in other
Marilyn books. Of course that is because it focuses on Marilyn's
relationship with fashion designer William Travilla. Marilyn fans are all
familiar with his work (even if they don't realize this) since Travilla created
almost ALL of Marilyn's legendary dresses. Including what is most arguably
her most famous dress, the white billowing dress from The Seven Year Itch.
The book builds on an exhibition that took place in the UK
featuring prototypes and gowns that Marilyn wore from the Travilla estate's
collection. I have always been a fan of these dresses (and the sketches
which have appeared on my website for many years) so I really enjoyed the way
they were presented in this book.
I would have enjoyed more detailed information on Travilla's
life (his biography section was the same length as the book introduction).
However, the book is really about the dresses. It goes into great detail
about how they were made including fabric choices and how the dresses were
altered. There are chapters dedicated to each of the famous gowns (the
gold dress, the pink dress, the white dress, etc).
Accompanying the text are wonderful photos of Marilyn wearing
the dresses on screen and in test shots. I particularly enjoyed seeing
current photos of the dresses (from various collections and the Travilla estate)
as well as the original sketches and patterns. The patterns would even
include a swatch of fabric. It is visually stunning to see it all put
together like this.
I would recommend the book to Marilyn collectors and in
particular anyone who has an interest in fashion design and how these gowns are
constructed. I really enjoyed the presentation and it made up for being
unable to see the exhibit of these gowns in person.
You can purchase this book through the Amazon link below....