Classic hollywood style caroline young

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Classic Hollywood Style by Caroline Young

Classic Hollywood Style explores iconic looks from the golden era of Hollywood, covering 35 films from the 1920s to the end of the 1960s. Caroline Young looks at the history and social context of the costumes through stories from the production, photos, interviews and original costume design sketches, and tips on how to get the look today.

While we celebrate the glacial elegance of Grace Kelly and the skin-tight sexiness of Marilyn Monroe, behind every look on screen was the costume designer who shaped the image. In the golden age of Hollywood, designers like Edith Head, Adrian and Travis Banton became stars in their own right. Women queued up to see the latest Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo release to lust after the glamorous costumes the stars would wear on screen. Department stores shamelessly mass-produced copies of gowns, film magazines would preview the new looks and women ran up their own versions on their sewing machines. In the 1960s women lowered their hems and sported berets to look just like Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. Even today, an article on the little black dress will inevitably make mention of Audrey Hepburn.

Every one of these films has perfectly captured a moment of fashion zeitgeist or has become an indelible image of cinema, whether it is Garbo in a trenchcoat in A Woman of Affairs, Joan Crawfords shoulder pads in Mildred Pierce, Rita Hayworths strapless dress in Gilda, James Deans red windbreaker in Rebel Without a Cause or Steve McQueens ivy league style in The Thomas Crown Affair. Through archived records, studio press releases, behind the scenes memos, costume designer sketches and notes, censorship records and articles from magazines of the time, this is a behind-the-scenes look at the classic costumes of the silver screen.
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Firstly, it cemented Joan Crawford as one of the top stars in Hollywood. She would go on to star in similar rags-to-riches stories about Depression-era dancers or shop…. The photo, freeze-framed at the end of the film, was taken on a Polaroid before the two best friends from Arkansas are supposed to embark on a fun weekend escape in the mountains.
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Classic Hollywood Style by Caroline Young

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The work of the costume designer is often overlooked, and as a consequence, books covering the connection between fashion and film are few and far between. Who better to delve into this fascinating subject with than Caroline Young, writer of Classic Hollywood Style? Well, I was doing a film course about 12 years ago and one of the topics was on costume, where we watched Imitation of Life and discussed how costume shapes identity and narrative. Then I found a book in the library called Gowns by Adrian , by Howard Gutner, and saw these stunning images from Hollywood movies in the s. I decided to start researching. What was the most challenging part about writing Classic Hollywood Style?

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Classic Hollywood Style by Caroline Young is the latest addition to my costume design books collection. I like to have my cinema style articles carefully documented and I hardly find the information I need online. Back to the book, the title covers thirty-four films spanning from the s through the s. They shaped the image and created the wardrobe to not only suit the stars, but mold the characters and blend into the scene. You learn about how the clothes were created to fit the story, about the collaborations between stars and costume designers, about the times and about the fashions of those times and about how the styles in the movies changed mentalities and sparked fashion trends. Think of the stars, the movies, the styles!

This is her first book. Classic Hollywood Style. Caroline Young. Classic Hollywood Style explores iconic looks from the golden era of Hollywood, covering 35 films from the s to the end of the s. Caroline Young looks at the history and social context of the costumes through stories from the production, photos, interviews and original costume design sketches, and tips on how to 'get the look' today. While we celebrate the glacial elegance of Grace Kelly and the skin-tight sexiness of Marilyn Monroe, behind every look on screen was the costume designer who shaped the image. Women queued up to see the latest Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo release to lust after the glamorous costumes the stars would wear on screen.

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