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William Travilla

 (1920 - 1990)
William Travilla was active/lived in California.  William Travilla is known for illustration, costume design.

Biography   William Travilla

William Travilla was born on Catalina Island off the California coast on March 22, 1920.  He studied at the Chouinard School of Art in L.A., showing a precocious talent for drawing fashion design from an early age.  By the time he was sixteen, he made money by selling sketches of costume designs for showgirls he had studied at burlesque houses.

Found unfit for wartime duties due to flat feet, William Travilla made his way to Hollywood and signed his first contract as costume designer at Columbia in 1941.  However, during his two-year tenure he received rather few assignments and left disillusioned.  Little work came his way during the next few years, until, in 1946, he was spotted in a nightclub (selling travel sk   ...  Displaying 750 of 3314 characters.

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