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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ANGEL CITY PRESS; 25th anniversary ed edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883318890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883318895
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By a earhart on 21 July 2009
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This is a classic. The addition of extra photos is a bonus too. A must buy for those interested in classic Hollywood or fashion history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bell Tower on 18 Jun. 2013
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Edith Head is legendary in Hollywood History and this book on her life and work is long overdue. Well written and researched, and with plenty of photo's it examines how she functioned and shaped future stars and the way the represented and managed their image.. It's clear she had clear ideas about myth making, she understood the industry, and gave it what it wanted - without compromising her own artistic vision and integrity . The skill of Edith was that she also mythologized herself as well as the actors she worked with. She's as legendary as Lucile Ball and crucial to the history of Hollywood. When actors didn't know what they wanted- she did.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
FASCINATING LOOK AT FASHION IN OLD HOLLYWOOD 25 Jan. 2010
By Marie Antoinette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
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Edith Head's Hollywood doesn't disappoint! 23 Jun. 2009
By C. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought a used copy of this book, and I really enjoyed it. There are a ton of pictures...of Edith herself and of the stars she dressed. If you love classic Hollywood films, this is a great insider's look. I also learned a lot about Edith's background & personal life, and I think it really defines being a "self-starter". She came from a completely different background & was able to use her wit and ingenuity to do exactly what she wanted to do. And every time I watch To Catch a Thief, I'm so grateful that she did it!
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Very entertaining with lots of amusing stories 18 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Edith Head's Hollywood" goes where "The Dress Doctor" failed to by giving readers a more in depth look into the woman behind the enigmatic designer. This book also dispells various rumors about Edith and gets behind the truth to several false claims and accusations (some by Edith herself). Very well researched and put together with an extensive listing of the films Edith worked on over her successful 50 year career as Hollywoods most proclaimed costume designer.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Book! 23 Mar. 2009
By Mary S. Katsigianis - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to learn all about Edith Head, are a design or fashion student, or just love the Golden Era of Hollywood, then this book is for you. It has Edith's own words as well as the editor's. Sometimes that means there is a discrepancy in facts, but it's always a GREAT READ!

RECOMMEND HIGHLY!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HOLLYWOOD @ IT'S BEST 11 Feb. 2010
By MARCO - Published on Amazon.com
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LOVED THIS BOOK..IF YOU LOVED HOLLYWOOD..FROM THE 20'S-INTO THE 70'S..THE GLAMOUR,THE CLOTHING..AND A TIME WHEN A STAR DRESSED LIKE ONE....EDITH DESIGNED FOR THE MAJORITY OF THEM.. AND COMMENTS ON MOST OF THEM IN THE BOOK
BUY IT!!!!!
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