Too much of a good thing – Michael Travis (1928 – 2014)

Three costumes made by Travis for Liberace, including his hated patriotic outfit, from the Liberace museum collection.

Three costumes made by Travis for Liberace, including his hated patriotic outfit, from the Liberace museum collection.

Michael Travis, the creator of Liberace’s flashy stage costumes, has passed away at the age of 86. Although he created stage costumes for other performers including Tony Orlando and The Supremes, Travis will be best remembered for his crazy costumes for Liberace. Travis was making costumes for Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In in 1969 when he began his 16 year long association with Liberace. The first outfit he created was a mink trimmed, bugle-beaded and sequined chauffeur uniform. The only outfit Travis wasn’t proud of making was the patriotic red, white, and blue hot pant suit — Travis felt the costume was vulgar. The bulk of Travis’ creations remain in the Liberace museum collection. The museum closed in 2010 due to the downturn in the economy but there are plans to reopen later this year.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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One Response to Too much of a good thing – Michael Travis (1928 – 2014)

  1. Mary Laloli says:

    It is always sad when the world looses a great artist such as Michael Travis. Liberace once stated, “I don’t give concerts, I put on a show” and the outfits created for him by this talented man certainly helped Liberace to achieve his goal. Liberace often invited people on stage to feel his clothes and jewelry etc. His fashion accessories were amazing! Condolences to family and friends.

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