Creating the Illusion by Jay Jorgensen, Donald L. Scoggins, Ali MacGraw

By Jay Jorgensen, Donald L. Scoggins, Ali MacGraw

Marilyn Monroe made background through status over a subway grating in a white pleated halter gown designed via William Travilla. Hubert de Givenchy immortalized the Little Black gown with a unmarried establishing scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A purple nylon jacket signaled to audiences that James Dean used to be a Rebel with no Cause. For greater than a century, dress designers have left indelible impressions on moviegoers’ minds. but previously, so little has been identified concerning the designers themselves and their paintings to enrich and enhance tales via fashion.

Creating the Illusion offers the heritage of style on movie, showcasing not just vintage moments from movie favorites, yet a bunch of untold tales concerning the artistic expertise operating backstage to decorate the celebs from the silent period to the current day. one of the book’s sixty-five fashion designer profiles are Clare West, Howard Greer, Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Travis Banton, Irene, Edith Head, Cecil Beaton, Bob Mackie, and Colleen Atwood. The designers’ tales are set opposed to the backdrop of Hollywood: how they collaborated with nice motion picture stars and filmmakers; how they maneuvered in the studio method; and the way they got here to layout garments that continues to be iconic a long time after its first visual appeal. The array of flicks mentioned and showcased via images spans multiple hundred years, from draping Rudolph Valentino in unique “sheik” costume to the mythical costuming of Gone with the Wind, Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, Bonnie and Clyde, Reservoir Dogs, and beyond.

This gloriously illustrated quantity contains candid photographs of the designers at paintings, photos and cloth cabinet assessments of stars in gown, and clothier sketches. Drawing from archival fabric and dozens of latest interviews with award-winning designers, authors Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins supply a hugely informative, lavish, and pleasing heritage of Hollywood dress design.

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Costume design by Sophie Wachner. Gloria Swanson and Milton Sills in The Great Moment (1921). ETHEL PAINTER CHAFFINETHEL PAINTER CHAFFIN Another designer popular with the press, Ethel Painter Chaffin, became head of wardrobe at Famous Players-Lasky in 1919. She was born Ethel Painter on January 14, 1885, in Pasadena, the second of two children born to Alzono and Hannah G. “Nannie” Negus Painter. Her father was a real estate agent who died when Ethel was eight years old. , a Pasadena physician who had been widowed two years earlier.

In 1936, Wachner came out of retirement from the movie business, designing for David O. Selznick’s Little Lord Fauntleroy. She would do two more films, one in 1938 and another in 1939, both for 20th Century-Fox. Wachner died on September 13, 1960, in Los Angeles. She was eighty. A starlet in Fox Movietone Follies of 1929. Costume design by Sophie Wachner. Gloria Swanson and Milton Sills in The Great Moment (1921). ETHEL PAINTER CHAFFINETHEL PAINTER CHAFFIN Another designer popular with the press, Ethel Painter Chaffin, became head of wardrobe at Famous Players-Lasky in 1919.

Rambova and Nazimova’s final collaboration, Salomé (1922), was perhaps Hollywood’s first art film, as it was clearly experimental, even by today’s standards. Rambova’s minimalist sets looked like peculiar stage scenery. Her highly stylized costumes matched Nazimova’s bizarre hairdos, which included glowing light spheres. Shirtless male actors sported nipple paint and giant bead necklaces. “The settings and composition of the scenes, devised by Natacha Rambova, correspond in a measure to the drawings by Aubrey Beardsley (in Oscar Wilde’s published play); and this visual beauty, as background to the fantastic flare and vivid drama of the story, gives the Nazimova Salomé an added artistry,” wrote the Exhibitors Herald.

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