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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Limited edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060816503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060816506
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most screen gowns are designed for especially dramatic women, to wear in a series of dramatic scenes, that comprise more drama than most women have in their whole lives."

About the Author

Deborah Nadoolman Landis recently completed her second term as president of the Hollywood Costume Designers Guild, of which she has been a member for nearly thirty years. Her costume design credits include <i>Animal House</i>, <i>The Blues Brothers</i>, <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i>, <i>The Three Amigos</i> and <i>Coming to America</i>, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Landis has a Ph.D. in the history of costume design from the Royal College of Art and lives with her husband, director John Landis, in Beverly Hills, CA.

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A beautiful book to treasure and browse.
Therese Littleton
It incorporates amazing quotes from hundreds of important directors, actors, screen writers, costume and production designers.
VivaciousSW
The photographs and costume illustrations are really high quality.
rubyink

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By rubyink on November 29, 2007
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Wowza, this book is incredible. The photographs and costume illustrations are really high quality. I haven't read all of this massive tome yet, but I've really loved what I've read and looked at so far. The book is basically comprised of 4 components. There are text chapters addressing costume design in each of the last 10 decades, then there are the gorgeous photos (lots and lots of color), many sketches that you probably will not see anywhere else, and finally, and this is the really juicy part, are the captions that accompany the images. The captions are quotes from directors, actors and designers and they are really lively and funny. You feel like you were in the fitting room with the actor. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves movies.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Someone on November 29, 2007
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I just got my copy today and am really impressed. The pictures are fantastic and all of the quotes are great too. Every great costume designer that I can think of is included (Edith Head, Travis Banton, Walter Plunkett, Adrian, Helen Rose, Theadora Van Runkle, Ann Roth, Colleen Atwood, Milena Canonero...the list goes on and on). The book goes from the early days of Hollywood right up to 2006. It is organized by decade. Of course the Golden Age films are really showy and glamorous, but the book also includes movies you'd never think of having costumes, like The Departed, Network, and Little Miss Sunshine. The author is a costume designer of some of the great movie costumes as well (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Trading Places).
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Gemert on December 10, 2007
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Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design

I agree with the previous reviews that the quality of the pictures is great. However, a lot of them (predominantly the costumes for the male actors) are plainly boring to look at. These costumes may have been well designed from the prospective of a costume designer in relation to the movie script, but how exiting are pictures of Ernest Borgnine wearing an apron, Borat wearing a suit, the lead actors of Broke Back Mountain wearing shirts and jeans and so on. The space used for those kind of pictures (and there are a lot of them particularly in the second half of the book)could used for more interesting costume designs, particularly costume designs of the twenties, thirties, forties and fifties, Hollywoods golden era.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gift Giver Extraordinaire on December 1, 2007
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This author who is an extremely talented costume designer in her own right ("Coming to America", "The Blues Brothers" and the great American classic, "Animal House") seems to know everything and everyone in the movies. The costumes and illustrations are stunning, the prose easy, yet insightful and her costume picks for the book are eclectic and interesting, yet include all the classics you want to see! I've already gifted a few people with this book and they've been more than thrilled by my selection. It also is a great deal on Amazon as it's $75 in a traditional book store. It's gorgeous and fun for the film buff, the fashionista and anyone who cares about history and culture. Enjoy!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By VivaciousSW on November 30, 2007
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I was just given this book as a gift and I LOVE it! The pictures are gorgeous and the text is really insightful. It incorporates amazing quotes from hundreds of important directors, actors, screen writers, costume and production designers. It would serve well as a coffee table book, or a great addition to any film lover's library. Two thumbs up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Therese Littleton on April 9, 2008
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Do whatever you have to do to get your hands on a copy of DRESSED. It's a visually stunning, erudite and jaw-dropping look at the best costumes and costume designs since movies began. Deborah Landis curated and wrote this hefty collection, and it is her expertise that puts the costumes in context. A beautiful book to treasure and browse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Ramirez on December 26, 2007
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The glamour of the book strikes any reader immediately. Particularly special is the text connecting the photographs and the costume sketches (so rarely seen!). One cannot come away from this book without a newfound wealth of knowledge of their favorite films and an appreciation for costume designers' thoughtful and purpose-laden participation in creating cinematic magic.
No picture in this book is boring. I think the one of the most intriguing aspects is the choice of male costumes presented. I, for one, am definitely guilty of overlooking actors' seemingly plain suits for actresses' ball gowns in movies. I quickly learned and indulged in the equally important glamour (or lack there of) of male costumes. I now understand the fine tailoring in Chinatown and I now can smell Borat's grey suit (gross! can you imagine?).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By w on March 27, 2008
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This book should contain pictures of things worn in the movies, and it does. I wanted more information at times, and the book made me greedy for even more images, but disappointment in this book would most likely be the result of an aficionado's personal quirks and expectations of books of this sort. This book contains Incredible Pictures of costumes, articles of clothing that leave you awestruck by the minds that conceived of them. Pictures of a lot of folks who have passed on, shown wearing things made just for them, I think often just coincidentally in the context of a character - some so enhancing, so perfect, so flattering that all you can do is shake your head and do your best not to wallow in the comforting haze of nostalgia. A book about fashion, costume, and Hollywood. Lots of fun and illuminating facts about the people who paid for, created, made, and wore the stuff. While needing no handicap, when considering the times, the technology, the state of historical research - the realization of some of the older pieces shown in the book is staggering; achievements which broadcast themselves from page after page, from black & white stills, from the beginning of movie making [to the present by the way, which I am personally not as excited by - an inexcusable bias]. A terrific book.
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