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Bonnie and Clyde, 1967. Costume designer and illustrator: Theadora Van Runkle. Courtesy of the designer.
Shampoo, 1975. Costume designer: Anthea Sylbert. Costume illustrator: Pauline Annon. Courtesy of Robert Romanus.
The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968. Costume designer and illustrator: Theadora Van Runkle. Courtesy of the designer.
Myra Breckinridge, 1970. Costume designer and illustrator: Theadora Van Runkle. Courtesy of the designer.
The Way We Were, 1973. Costume designer and illustrator: Dorothy Jeakins. Courtesy of Catena Passalacqua.
Cleopatra, 1934. Costume designer and illustrator: Travis Banton. Courtesy of the Cecil B. DeMille Estate.
The red-carpet glamour in this year’s awards season was spectacular--thrills, frills and even spills. (We love you, Jennifer Lawrence.) So we’re keeping our appreciation for Hollywood fashion alive on our coffee table, with the irresistible new Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration.
In this handsome, heavily illustrated 600-page tome, author and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Michael Jackson’s Thriller) shares insidery show-biz stories (who knew eight-time Oscar winner Edith Head signed other artists’ sketches as her own?) and pointers for aspiring costumers. But the meat of the book is a collection of brilliant, vivid drawings from more than 60 costumers and illustrators--most published for the first time.
We dare any movie lover not to smile at the flood of memories as they flip through these pages: the trend-setting maxi-skirt suits Faye Dunaway wore in Bonnie and Clyde, the mod fur and flare trousers Julie Christie sported in Shampoo and an over-the-top romantic ’40s bias-cut satin dress from Raquel Welch’s infamous cult film Myra Breckinridge.
We’re even inspired to screen flicks we’ve never seen before--like How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe--after seeing outfits like the sheath that so elegantly graces the book’s cover.
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