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The Independent (UK), 10/4/10
"There’s fierce, and there’s Edith Head. The name to drop in the golden age of Hollywood, Head was wardrobe consultant on Rear Window and All About Eve, to name a couple of classics.
This stunning new book chronicles her 50-year career with sketches and archive material."
Harper’s Bazaar, October 2010
"It’s a must-have book for connoisseurs of fashion and film alike.”
Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL- Library Journal’s Xpress Review 10/29/10
"The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with glamorous stars and extravagant cinematic productions. Costume designer Edith Head won five Oscars and epitomized—along with actors she clothed such as Barbara Stanwyck, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn—the star quality of these heady days. Jorgensen (editor, Peterson's Photographic magazine) captures a behind-the-scenes look at the world and work of this dedicated, prolific artist. He includes background information and gorgeous color photographs and illustrations of the costumes she meticulously designed. While incorporating biographical information about Head, Jorgensen focuses primarily on the clothes, which perfectly personified the characters in films like All About Eve, Roman Holiday, and Sunset Boulevard.
Verdict For fans of classic Hollywood movies and students of fashion, photography, and film. Those who want a more in-depth look at the personal life of this iconic Hollywood figure should read David Chierichetti's Edith Head: The Life and Times of Hollywood's Celebrated Costume Designer.
BookPage, December 2010
“…scrupulously researched and handsomely assembled work… Filled with pithy anecdotes and never-before-seen sketches, Edith Head is the book for the costume design enthusiast.
InStyle Australia December 2010
“This lust-have new tome reveals the story behind the costumes.”
Tucson Citizen’s Shelf Life, 12/8/10
"In this beautifully executed book filled with more than 350 images, Head’s work is documented and put into historical context providing readers with a rare behind-the-scenes look at how Hollywood design evolved. This is a fascinating book which is a virtual treasure chest of film stills, costume sketches, tests, and even fabric samples. The text by Jay Jorgensen, a longtime editor for Petersen’s Photographic magazine and photo editor of Palm Springs Life, adds just the right touch."
Antique Trader, 12/30/10
“The anecdotes were so intriguing, I found myself unable to stop turning the pages. … In addition to the fascinating stories, there are page after page of stunning photos and original Edith Head costume sketches; the book is illustrated with more than 300 large, clear photographs. The large format and heavy, quality paper are a pleasure to behold. It could be classified as a “coffee table” book, but that description seems to fall short, as it offers so much more. And the presentation is attractive right down to the end papers, which are a montage of Edith Head sketches. … The book has significant entertainment and informational value; anyone who is even remotely interested in Hollywood history, popular culture or fashion will find “Edith Head” worthwhile.”
One must look elsewhere for the definitive visual collection of the numerous costumes designed by Edith Head for the glamorous film stars of old Hollywood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miss Yoka
Edith Head was the best designer in the movies. I actually met nearly all the stars she designed for and they looked great.
Men and women. Read more
I believe Edith Head is one of the first film costumers I learned of, and I am happy to have her life story.Published 4 months ago by Joan Hemm
Very interesting woman, amazing talent, and fun inside look at Hollywood. Well written and the photgraphs are stunning. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lexophelia
LOVE this book. Great coffee book. Inspirational with fantatstic stories and photos from a time when hollywood was really beautiful and glamorous! Wish it was like that today.Published 9 months ago by Elaine Armstrong
This was a present to my teenage daughter and she loves it!! Here's what she says....
Great pictures with plenty of her costume drawings. Read more
can not put it down non stop entertainment great for all the time love it very much
great for all the time
Facinating history and background on a historical figure in cinema, the photographs are worth the price alone. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jack A. Westman Jr.