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W. ROBERT LA VINE (1920-1979)
Costume design for the character "Donald" in the 1970 film "The Boys in the Band." Ink, and wash on paper. 610x483mm; 24x19 inches. Signed and dated "La Vine `69" in lower left image; titled "`The Boys in the Band' Donald / Mr. Frederick Combs" and with La Vine's signature within United Scenic Artists Local 829 union stamp, lower right. Mounted to board at four corners. 1969.
Mart Crowley wrote both the 1966 Off-Broadway play and the screenplay for the 1970 film adaptation of "The Boys in the Band." Goundbreaking for its open portrayal of gay life, the work was one of the first to feature gay main characters and is considered a landmark in queer cinema. The actors reprised their roles from the play's initial stage run in New York City's Theater Four. An accomplished costume designer in England and America, LaVine was appointed archivist of the Paramount Pictures Corporation. In 1974 he was assistant to Diana Vreeland in planning 'The Glamour of Hollywood Design,' an exhibition at the Costume Insitute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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