Yes, that is a great book, and I almost cited it, too. 

Ann Wass



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From: Viv Watkins <>
To: Historical Costume <>
Sent: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 12:02 pm
Subject: Re: [h-cost] Costumes in "War and Peace"

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.

Viv Watkins.

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From: R Lloyd Mitchell
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 3:20 PM
To: Historical Costume
Subject: Re: [h-cost] Costumes in "War and Peace"

Re the styles of dresses, I still have to chuckle at the 18th C 
interpretions in films of the '20s-30s where the gowns have dropped waists. 
In an earlier production of W&P the fashion tone is Audrey Hepburn all the 
way. It seems that one can peg the date of the film release by the tweaked 
styles that give a nod to contemporary fashion. Other interesting film 
studies are the costumes for Victoria and Albert and Dr Zhivago.The latter 
spawned a popular contemporary Fashion..the Maxie dress line. 

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