Costume Design in the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to the Work of 157 Great Designers
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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This little book is an absolute treasure! Illustrated with wonderful period photographs and impeccably researched, it contains excellent biographies of designers (both major and minor) including complete credits for their work.
For anyone who loves films, especially from the "Golden Age of Hollywood" the main index (cross referenced by film title) is beyond invaluable. Want to check who designed the clothes for "Follow the Fleet" (Bernard Newman), or see where Travis Banton studied (Columbia University and the Art Students League of New York, after which he began his career working for Madame Francis) or who did Norma Shearer's outfits for "Private Lives" (well duh--Adrian, who else?)? It's all there, and then some.
This book comes off my shelves at LEAST once a day, if not more often. Sometimes I just take it down and browse through it--and sometimes i take it down just to look at the double-page still of Newman's gowns for the Fashion Parade from "Roberta"!
And to think I found it, quite by accident, in a used book store!