Edith Head was a well known costume designer for old Hollywood for over forty years, she garnished dozens of academy award nominations and eight academy awards for her talent and creativity. What is so interesting about this book and unusual is that it is actually a combination of an autobiography written by Edith Head before she passed away and a well researched biography written by Paddy Calistro. The writing of both authors is interwined throughout this book in a clever way.
I found this book so fascinating as it is not just about Edith Head and fashion in old Hollywood but also about the major stars that Edith Head designed for, their attributes, temperaments and flaws. Throughout the book there are dozens of fashion sketches by Edith Head as well as pictures of some of the stars wearing Edith Head's costumes. There's also a foreword by Bette Davis worth reading. In the back of the book you will find a filmography with a list of 750 films listed by the year in which Edith Head contributed in some way to creating the costumes. If you love old movies, you will love this book! Highly recommended!