Before last week, I had never heard of George W. Trippon. Now I know he was a dancer in Hollywood movie musicals, apprenticed at MGM studios for costume design, studied fashion design in Paris under the G.I. Bill, founded and operated the Trippon Fashion Center School of Dress Design in Hollywood for 26 years, and finally and gloriously starred in a daily TV show teaching women how to sew called “Sew What’s New” from 1972 until 1994.
This documentary was made by Shawn Quinlan, who met Trippon in LA in 2008. After Mr. Trippon died a couple of years later, Quinton was given a stack of his show tapes and a box of photographs and clippings. Inside he found the makings of a interesting documentary and, according to the YouTube posting, a chance to fill the void of information on gay life in the 30′s and 40′s.
I’m so glad I found out about this guy. That’s what happens when you have drinks with awesome friends, they tell you about facinating things, then send you YouTube links the next day. (Thanks Grant!)