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Costume Design in the Movies (Dover Fashion and Costumes) [Paperback]

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1 Mar 1991 Dover Fashion and Costumes
Fascinating, comprehensive reference work provides biographical/career data for major American, British, and French designers since 1909: Theoni V. Aldredge (The Great Gatsby), Edith Head, (The Greatest Show on Earth), Orry-Kelly (An American in Paris), Irene Sharaff (Funny Girl) and many others. Updated to 1988. 177 illustrations, invaluable index of 6,000 films.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048626548X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486265483
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Its amazing how many designers of movie costumes were not particularly well known. Excellent book for those interested in the background of film costume and students of design history. Many amazing photographs accompany these synopsis and hollywood buffs will appreciate the film and academy award listings. One of the more worthwhile books still in print.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reference for Movie Glamour in Black and White 27 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
OK. So, you already know who designed the costumes for My Fair Lady. But, you find yourself watching AMC one day and they're playing "The Manchurian Candidate" and halfway through the movie you remember that you forgot to look at the costuming credits. Well, you open the index to this nifty little reference book and find out that Moss Mabry not only designed the costumes for this movie but quite a few more. That he co-designed with Marjorie Best for Giant to win an Academy Award nomination, and so on...
There are some nifty pictures that accent this reference guide. So, in addition to the listings, you get photos of older and newer stars (I could swear that the photo of Norma Shearer from "The Waning Sex" is a Hurrell), and reproductions of designer illustrations.
I think I'll keep this one close to the VCR.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value overview. 9 Sep 2013
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This is a very reasonably priced, well-illustrated introduction to the work of the major Costume Designers for mainstream twentieth-century American films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars totally necessary on everyones shelf 25 Feb 2013
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a wonderful reference book easy to jump off into either studio or different designers depending on what you are interested in and why.
Think this is a great first reference book on which to build a library of costume design books around depending on what you are interested in.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fabulous! 19 Dec 2001
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I am a costume designer and have had this book in my research collection for about 10 years. It is one of my top favorites. I have turned to this book for inspiration countless times. They just don't make clothing like this anymore! The hair and makeup styles are also well represented.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reference for Movie Glamour in Black and White 27 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
OK. So, you already know who designed the costumes for My Fair Lady. But, you find yourself watching AMC one day and they're playing "The Manchurian Candidate" and halfway through the movie you remember that you forgot to look at the costuming credits. Well, you open the index to this nifty little reference book and find out that Moss Mabry not only designed the costumes for this movie but quite a few more. That he co-designed with Marjorie Best for Giant to win an Academy Award nomination, and so on...
There are some nifty pictures that accent this reference guide. So, in addition to the listings, you get photos of older and newer stars (I could swear that the photo of Norma Shearer from "The Waning Sex" is a Hurrell), and reproductions of designer illustrations.
I think I'll keep this one close to the VCR.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book For Classic Movie Lovers 9 Sep 2005
By MrsSchmidlapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of my favorite things about watching classic films is seeing all the amazing fashions! This book is a great collection of photos of classic stars wearing classic costumes. Lots of stars are in here including Bette Davis, Norma Shearer, Carole Landis, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, and Irene Dunne. You will learn who designed each outfit and there is a little biographical information about the designers too.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great photos, but..... 11 Jan 2009
By Kenneth R. McLeod - Published on Amazon.com
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While the photos are beautiful, the book was rather disapointing to me. First, as one other reviewer pointed out, it is not really a history or discussion. It is a list.... a lengthy list of names, with a paragraph or two for each designer, followed by another list of their films. This list is sometimes lengthy and sometimes only 1 or 2 films. Very British in the selections, too, since the editor was British. Second, it was published quite a while ago (Originally published in 1987, corrected and updated in 1991....though what motivated them to omit major designers like Motley at that point is very unclear.) and it does not even have an epilogue to bring us closer to the present. But I should have caught that it was a Dover publication. Otherwise I would have known that it was published 'as is' or more accurately 'as it was' at that time. Fine for some things, but a disappointment here. However, the phots are super, and for the most part extremely sharp, clear images.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book describing famous Fashion (movie) Designers up to 1988 27 July 2007
By Angie2 - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book! Lots of black-n-white photos of famous movie stars wearing wonderful designer fashions!

This book was originally written in 1988,thus,the 157 famous Hollywood Fashion Designers listed in this book are all here --- from the very beginning of Hollywood's Fashion movie Era , and then all the way up to 1988.

(NOTE: The reason the copyright on this book is 1991, is because the author added an information page in 1991. However, this book was really written in the 1980's).

Anyhow, this book lists all the Academy Award Fashion winners and also all British Award Fashion winners (in regards to Hollywood FASHIONS), from the late 1800's up until 1988!
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