|Chouinard exteior mid-1930s. Life drawing class 1950s. Interior courtyard mid-1930s.|
|Travilla at approximately seventeen.|
Looking at his work above (circa 1937), one can see Travilla spent many hours in the movie theaters, with a strong influence of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's designer Gilbert Adrian his favorite.
It was a two mile walk for Travilla that took him through the theater district of downtown Los Angeles and past two well-known burlesque houses - the Burbank and Follies. He struck up friendships with dancers like Rose la Rose and began making pocket money selling them costume sketches at three for five dollars.
|The Burbank and Follies Burlesque Houses. Performer Rose la Rose.|