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Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Deborah Nadoolman Landis
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6 Dec 2007

From the lavish productions of Hollywood's Golden Age through the high-tech blockbusters of today, the most memorable movies all have one thing in common: they rely on the magical transformations rendered by the costume designer. Whether spectacular or subtle, elaborate or barely there, a movie costume must be more than merely a perfect fit. Each costume speaks a language all its own, communicating mood, personality, and setting, and propelling the action of the movie as much as a scripted line or synthetic clap of thunder. More than a few acting careers have been launched on the basis of an unforgettable costume, and many an era defined by the intuition of a costume designer—think curvy Mae West in I'm No Angel (Travis Banton, costume designer), Judy Garland in A Star is Born (Jean Louis and Irene Sharaff, costume designers), Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (Ruth Morley, costume designer), or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (Deborah Nadoolman Landis, costume designer).

In Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis showcases one hundred years of Hollywood's most tantalizing costumes and the characters they helped bring to life. Drawing on years of extraordinary research, Landis has uncovered both a treasure trove of costume sketches and photographs—many of them previously unpublished—and a dazzling array of first-person anecdotes that inform and enhance the images. Along the way she also provides and eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the costume designer's art, from its emergence as a key element of cinematic collaboration to its limitless future in the era of CGI.

A lavish tribute that mingles words and images of equal luster, Dressed is one book no film and fashion lover should be without.

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Limited Ed edition (6 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060816503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060816506
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 24.1 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most screen gowns are designed for especially dramatic women, to wear in a series of dramatic scenes, that comprise more drama than most women have in their whole lives."

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Deborah Nadoolman Landis is the David C. Copley Chair and the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. She is an Academy Award-nominated costume designer of Coming to America (1988) and many other films, including Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' (1983). Professor Landis served as a two-term president of the Costume Designer's Guild, Local 892, of which she has been a member for more than thirty-five years. She is the author of Screencraft/Costume Design (2003), 50 Designers/50 Costumes: Concept to Character (2004), Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007), FilmCraft/Costume Design (2012), and Hollywood Costume (2012). Landis has a Ph.D. in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 31 Jan 2009
If you're a scholar of Hollywood fashion, you couldn't do better than this book, it maybe short on words, but the glorious photographs throughout more than make up for that, and practically every star is featured in here, from Greta Garbo to Kirsten Dunst. Interesting to see how the fashions change through the years, and the painstaking work that must have gone on to create some of these amazing costumes.
All in all a beautiful tome, not to mention a heavy one, ha.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very successful buy 8 May 2009
The recipient of this gift was very impressed with it and was delighted with the book. She was surprised at how useful she will find it for her job as a wardrobe misteress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed brilliantly 17 Mar 2013
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The book really exceeded my expectations. The photography was really good and the whole feel of the book was enjoyable. The price on Amazon made the purchase even better. The book will have an important part in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunner! 29 Nov 2007
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Wowza, this book is incredible. The photographs and costume illustrations are really high quality. I haven't read all of this massive tome yet, but I've really loved what I've read and looked at so far. The book is basically comprised of 4 components. There are text chapters addressing costume design in each of the last 10 decades, then there are the gorgeous photos (lots and lots of color), many sketches that you probably will not see anywhere else, and finally, and this is the really juicy part, are the captions that accompany the images. The captions are quotes from directors, actors and designers and they are really lively and funny. You feel like you were in the fitting room with the actor. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Impressed 29 Nov 2007
By Someone - Published on Amazon.com
I just got my copy today and am really impressed. The pictures are fantastic and all of the quotes are great too. Every great costume designer that I can think of is included (Edith Head, Travis Banton, Walter Plunkett, Adrian, Helen Rose, Theadora Van Runkle, Ann Roth, Colleen Atwood, Milena Canonero...the list goes on and on). The book goes from the early days of Hollywood right up to 2006. It is organized by decade. Of course the Golden Age films are really showy and glamorous, but the book also includes movies you'd never think of having costumes, like The Departed, Network, and Little Miss Sunshine. The author is a costume designer of some of the great movie costumes as well (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Trading Places).
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3.0 out of 5 stars vast tome of missed opportunities 11 Dec 2007
By A. Gemert - Published on Amazon.com
Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design

I agree with the previous reviews that the quality of the pictures is great. However, a lot of them (predominantly the costumes for the male actors) are plainly boring to look at. These costumes may have been well designed from the prospective of a costume designer in relation to the movie script, but how exiting are pictures of Ernest Borgnine wearing an apron, Borat wearing a suit, the lead actors of Broke Back Mountain wearing shirts and jeans and so on. The space used for those kind of pictures (and there are a lot of them particularly in the second half of the book)could used for more interesting costume designs, particularly costume designs of the twenties, thirties, forties and fifties, Hollywoods golden era.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the best gift? 1 Dec 2007
By Gift Giver Extraordinaire - Published on Amazon.com
This author who is an extremely talented costume designer in her own right ("Coming to America", "The Blues Brothers" and the great American classic, "Animal House") seems to know everything and everyone in the movies. The costumes and illustrations are stunning, the prose easy, yet insightful and her costume picks for the book are eclectic and interesting, yet include all the classics you want to see! I've already gifted a few people with this book and they've been more than thrilled by my selection. It also is a great deal on Amazon as it's $75 in a traditional book store. It's gorgeous and fun for the film buff, the fashionista and anyone who cares about history and culture. Enjoy!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift! 30 Nov 2007
By VivaciousSW - Published on Amazon.com
I was just given this book as a gift and I LOVE it! The pictures are gorgeous and the text is really insightful. It incorporates amazing quotes from hundreds of important directors, actors, screen writers, costume and production designers. It would serve well as a coffee table book, or a great addition to any film lover's library. Two thumbs up!
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