- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (December 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596910879
- ISBN-13: 978-1596910874
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,677,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
At the first Academy Awards event in 1928, Janet Gaynor had received advance word of her "best actress" award for three silent films the year before. For the ceremony she wore a store-bought Peter Pan–collared dress, but for future events she sought the advice of designer Gilbert Adrian, whom she married. In this entertaining look at the history of Academy Award fashion, Cosgrove, who covered the Oscars for British Vogue and the BBC, demonstrates that the Gaynor-Adrian pairing was the start of many between star designers and actresses—Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, Edith Head and Grace Kelly, Thea van Runkle and Faye Dunaway, Scaasi and Streisand, Halston and Liza, Bob Mackie and Cher. Earlier screen queens (and their producers and minders) had quickly learned that a drop-dead appearance at the awards ceremony led to invaluable glam photos and inches in print: Carole Lombard, Vivien Leigh, Garbo and especially perfectionist Marlene Dietrich who, after experimenting, turned to Dior. Cosgrave could have simply served up a deep dish of anecdotes, gossip and tales of rivalry, but she has gone several steps further to deliver a carefully researched and footnoted book that belongs in every Hollywood historian's library and is sure to be consulted for a long time to come. 90 b&w photos and illus., 12-page color insert (not seen by PW). (Feb.)
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'The definitive history of Oscar fashion ... this book is as much a fascinating account of Hollywood as it is of its fashions' Vogue 'An entertaining blow-by-blow account of who wore what on the night' Independent 'The mountain of minutiae she has assembled should amuse fans of both filmland and fashion' Evening Standard 'A wonderfully entertaining account of the drama surrounding the ceremony' Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
I would not recommend this for anyone who is used to reading well written, grammatically
clean, well researched work. It is an infuriating and exhausting read because of
all the typos and all the sentences that just do not make any sense.
It makes me wonder about the quality of the research and anecdotal comments.
It is shocking that it was published and internationally distributed.