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Dressing in the Dark: Lessons in Mens Style from the Movies Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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"Marion Maneker's playful guide to sartorial style teaches by example (via photos of Bogart, De Niro, Astaire, and many more). An excellent gift for the dandy in your life--or the slob you want to reform."

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Marion Maneker is a writer living in New York City. He is a features editor at New York Magazine and has written about men's clothes and how to wear them for New York Magazine and GQ.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline Publishing; First edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2843233615
  • ISBN-13: 978-2843233616
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Certainly the concept of this book is intriguing, as I'm sure many of us have unforgettable images emblazoned in our memories of Sinatra strolling around "Oceans Eleven" nattily dressed in a pastel cardigan and tight slacks, of Sean Connery dispatching cold war baddies and martinis in a white dinner jacket or of Alain Deleon pulling off impossibly dangerous heists with nothing but tough guy bravado, a Gitane, and a dirty t-shirt. Perhaps you'd like to know how they look so cool, so charming, so tough? Well, Marion Maneker doesn't know either (or he just refuses to tell.) His selection of icons included is sometimes silly, sometimes baffling (I'm not sure he could fawn any more over the impossibly dull Gary Cooper and what kind of "lesson" does a picture of a shirtless Steve McQueen in nothing but boxer shorts and a tie around his neck provide?) While the list of those excluded would actually make a better book (Where's Peter O'Toole for instance?) Even more disconcerting are the clothes he features as a suggestion for approximating the actors sense of style. For instance, he shows a picture of Brad Pitt in "Fight Club" and then on the facing page features a white collared shirt and gold tie draped over a pair of purple, floral printed pants which he claims will give you a "tough, in-your-face attitude." I'm sure the Hells Angels would be trembling. While I agree this is comical, it's a fairly expensive joke when you include shipping costs. On another page he shows a suitcase packed with nothing but white sweaters, white shoes, white pants and white belts (if I remember correctly I think this was supposed to make you a doppelganger for Redford in "The Great Gatsby.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
If you can get beyond the incredibly shoddy editing of this book (for example, the identified Gable is not always Gable), the heavy empahsis on Cooper and other sartorial conservative icons, and the uninspired (repetitive) use of language, you might come away with something useful from this book. In the end, the book's abrupt ending--it just stops--is representative of how its wonderful concept is so very poorly executed. This book never lives up to its potential, and both men's style and the movies deserve more.
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This isn't a book for beginners. If you need someone to teach you how to get dressed--buy another book. But if you want inspiration for developing your own style, this book will get you excited about getting dressed in the morning. It doesn't dictate how you should dress. Instead, it tries to show timeless style from the kind of men other men look up to.
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Ahhhhh.......the look of a well dressed man. This book is a wonderful expression of how men dressed in the 50's to the 70s. Who can top Cary Grant? George Clooney is close. Anyone who enjoys the romance of that era will want to drink up this book. A perfect gift, with superlative taste.
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By A Customer on August 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Most men don't understand how to dress and so they dress alike. This book shows you, in simple clear photos and not a lot of text (no one reads all the text in a style book), how to have fun, get some style and be sexy. The photos are of handsome, well dressed men from various eras (style is timeless) that men can admire and imitate. Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck have nothing on James Dean, Dean Martin and Steve McQueen.
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By A Customer on August 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Most men don't understand how to dress and so they dress alike. This book shows you, in simple clear photos and not a lot of text (no one reads all the text in a style book), how to have fun, get some style and be sexy. The photos are of handsome, well dressed men from various eras (style is timeless) that men can admire and imitate. Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck have nothing on James Dean, Dean Martin and Steve McQueen.
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By A Customer on January 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Most men's clothing books tell you how to dress, as if you were [mentally impaired]. But this gives you plenty of great ideas from movie stars throughout the 20th Century. Style never changes (even if fashion does) and this book proves it!
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If you know a guy who likes clothes, get him this book. Unlike most "how to" books on men's style, this one isn't telling you what's hip now (and will therefor look dated next year). Instead, the author goes to the source of images of what's cool--the movies. Guys don't learn how to dress from reading magazines, they learn it from watching their heroes on the big screen. This books is filled with photos of perfect icons of style. You'll probably recognize the name of the actor and the name of the movie even before you read the caption. Then you'll think, "yeah, that looks great."
The text is just right. The author points out what's going on in the photos, gives you a little history of style, adds a few useful pointers, and then steps back to let the images take center stage.
The only strange thing is the cover, which is way too dark. And you should be able to judge a fashion book by its cover.
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