It's a great book. Every historical costumer who loves movies should
own a copy.
On 01/06/2016 12:00 PM, Viv Watkins wrote:
There is a fascinating book - "Hollywood and History - Costume Design in
Film" which looks how costume designers present historical dress. It
was published in 1988 to accompany an exhibition mounted at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art. Part of the foreword says "Contemporary
viewers are not aware that the costumes reflect their own standards of
style and beauty - that the cave-dwellers' costumes are cut to emphasise
the 1940's silhouette, that the antebellum dresses are made with 1930's
bias-cut fabrics. It is only with the passage of time that one can see
clearly how all-pervasive the designer's contemporary aesthetics have
been." It is one of my favourite costume books, it has given me an extra
layer of fun when I watch the wonderful old movies.
Catherine Olanich Raymond
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
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