Saturday, August 16, 2014

Loretta Young

Loretta has that 'inside' feeling about each gown she wears, and she thinks straight beauty. 1960 Interview

Half Angel 1951

In the glamorous part of her dual personality, Miss Young's wardrobe designed by Tavilla would do credit to a Paris couturier's best efforts. Her evening gowns negligees and street dresses are in the most modern style and as set off by the Technicolor cameras, they will delight women and will be particularly intriguiing to the men, especially the V neckline.” Half Angel review 1951

Pale gold wool crepe top with satin lining, ¾-length sleeves and crisscross-over snap
collar. Front zip closure.

Miss Young is completely fetching ina smart wardrobe designed by Travilla...

1953-60s The Loretta Young Show

"No woman in Hollywood can do to a gown what Loretta Young does to it. She can make a dress tell the story that the designer has conceived...absolutely the most fantastic woman I have ever known...with her, a dress is a script, and she knows exactly how each one should be played."

Dresses were loaned for screen credit at the end of each episode. Young was allowed to keep three of every 18 dresses, paying for any extra gowns desired by the actress for her personal wardrobe.

“I am more than happy with this arrangement. I get the gowns back in perfect shape. Loretta uses no body make-up to rub off on them but more important is what she doest for my gowns. If I were to pay just for the air time consumed by Loretta's entrance in my creations, it would cost me $20,000 a week.” 1958 Interview

New Year's Eve 1954, Technicolor employee Bunny Seidman wore a head-turning red gown designed by her friend Billy Travilla for the Loretta Young Show to a friend'a party. "Travilla told me to wear it," Seidman says. "He said they didn't need it any more for the rushes." Althought Travilla was not at the party, a competitor, Orry-Kelly was. According to Seidman, Kelly hated Travilla and constantly accused him of stealing Kelly's designs. "Orry would get pissy-assed drunk," she said. "He came over to me and said, 'That's the most gorgeous gown I've ever seen. Did Michael Novarese do it?' When I told him Travilla had done it, he spilled his drink all over me. It was a disaster. I called Travilla the next morning to tell what had happened, and as luck would have it, he said the DID need the red gown for the rushes. he told me to take it to a specific dry cleaners, but the wouldn't touch it. Finally, Travilla had to send down dressmakers to redo it by ten a.m. Of course, I didn't tell him that I'd also slept in it!"

from Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Gossip by Val Holley

1957 Dinner dress of saffron chiffon and peau de sole.

Burnished gold - 1961 
White silk - 1961

Halter dress in black silk - 1961
Ivory gown overlayed in green velvet - 1961

“The brighest fashion-minded woman I ever knew was Loretta Young. She had the ability of being Mrs. Tom Lewis and then analyzing herself as Loretta Young in the mirror. She would look directly at me and say, 'Bill I'm not so sure I like Loretta.' Or we would run screen tests of clothes and she would say 'I'm not sure Loretta loks her best there. No, I don't think that's our girl.' and the discuss herself as if she was another person. What an ability! She always looked right and she always was right.” 1979 Interview.

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