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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2005
There's basically three reasons to buy this book:

1) For the clothing styles of (primarily) the 1930s and '40s, as noted in the book's title.

2) For the many movie stills (most featuring actress Marsha Hunt) reproduced therein, a cinemaphile and collector's delight.

3) For the vast array of photographs of the gorgeous Marsha Hunt, certainly an actress who did not (and does not) receive the accolades due her for her natural beauty!

In addition to her beauty being overlooked, Hunt also did not receive the props due her for her superb acting ability -- and Ms. Hunt was also one smart gal. This is a big, thick, well-written book with tons of photos, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it for fans of fashion, movies and female pulchritude (and Marsha Hunt)!

Note, however, the price that dealers are trying to squeeze out of this volume: typically about $100 to almost $200! Don't be ripped-off by dealers trying to bleed you on this book. It was originally published at $49.95, and you can typically find it on eBay for about (or below) that price. In addition, The Drama Book Shop in New York City has copies available for $49.95 (plus shipping), and they have CONTINUED to get a new supply of copies in -- which means there must be a good amount of copies of this book lying in a warehouse somewhere! Buy this book now, but don't overpay!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2000
This is a wonderful "cofffee table" book filled with the author's personal collection of black and white photos capturing the fashions of classic times. She was a model and a movie star and her notes and reflections are as interesting as the history captured through the photos. This book is a great reference for costume or clothing designers who want to recreate the style and panache of this period.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2000
This is a wonderful "cofffee table" book filled with the author's personal collection of black and white photos capturing the fashions of classic times. She was a model and a movie star and her notes and reflections are as interesting as the history captured through the photos. This book is a great reference for costume or clothing designers who want to recreate the style and panache of this period.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 1998
What a delight and pleasure it was to read "The Way We Wore." It is truly a one-of-a-kind effort. An extraordinary read and treasure. Ms. Hunt (and her publisher) have given us a jewel of a book. Film buffs and fashion designers will find they MUST have this rare & timely, work in their library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2009
The book arrived just a few days after I placed the order....much sooner than promised. The book containes the usual stamps from having been a library book, but is very clean and without visible signs of wear.

The author's commentary about everyday events and the other people in the photographs adds greatly the the interest of the book. A real plus....the pictures are clear and include more than "fashion poses". A nice peek at movie and everyday fashions from the era.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2003
i actually worked with this lovely film star of the 40's and 50's and helped advise her as to paper, format, type face etc. in getting this book printed. it is one of the pure joys of my life and i felt transported to another era as i was welcomed into her home in Sherman Oaks and was treated to lunch and great stories of her era
Barbara Ludwig Hooper
Tucson, Arizona
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2012
I eventually purchased TWO COPIES, because a young friend who has a blooming career in costume design, (& an M.A. in costume design by NYC--one of nation's best programs), and already has had films at Sundance as well as theatre productions in her resume, saw it and agreed with me...
She said it was THE BEST, most thorough, most interesting, and beautiful she had ever seen!--

BECAUSE IT INCLUDES ALL THOSE SPECIFICS which other books, even those blessed with many fine photographs omit...
(AND THIS BOOK IS PACKED WITH FABULOUS PHOTOGRAPHS)...
which are the details that make all the difference...
what the colors and fabrics were in all those fabulous black and white films from the 30's and 40's!
Information such as, "green suede shoes and doeskin gloves.....heavy powder blue silk accented with faille"...etc. etc..)
(It was the accessories which contributed so much to the glamourous "finished" look of this era.)

For ANYONE interested in costume design, fashion design, or just plain curious about what was really worn in all those wonderful films, this is a PERFECT BOOK!

IT'S PUBLICATION IS A GIFT.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2009
The lovely and highly talented Marsha Hunt continues to captivate at the age of 91. She is a national treasure and deserves much more recognition than she receives! This book is testimony to her beauty and her knowledge of fashion and the Golden Age of Hollywood. It is must reading for anyone interested in fashion history as well as the history of Tinsel Town. Marsha remains vibrant and productive having performed in a short film noir movie in 2007 entitled "The Grand Inquisitor", as well as producing a lovely music CD entitled "Tony London: Songs From The Heart With The Page Cavanaugh Trio" that same year. This CD is available here on Amazon in MP3 Download. Thank you, dear Marsha!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
Marsha is the girl every guy would dream of marrying. Smart, caring, beautiful and sexy, plus a real American heroine to boot. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in fashion history, vintage photography, Hollywood anecdotes or anyone who just loves women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2013
Evocative and personal, Ms. Hunt's heart-felt volume shares a wealth of photographs and a collection of stories that bring them, and their era, alive anew. The book is as classy as she is, with a survivor's recollection of a golden age of film and fashion.
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