By Jay Jorgensen, Donald L. Scoggins, Ali MacGraw

Marilyn Monroe made historical past through status over a subway grating in a white pleated halter gown designed by way of William Travilla. Hubert de Givenchy immortalized the Little Black costume with a unmarried establishing scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A crimson nylon jacket signaled to audiences that James Dean used to be a Rebel with no Cause. For greater than a century, dress designers have left indelible impressions on moviegoers’ minds. but before, so little has been recognized in regards to the designers themselves and their paintings to enrich and enhance tales via fashion.

Creating the Illusion provides the background of favor on movie, showcasing not just vintage moments from movie favorites, yet a number of untold tales in regards to the inventive expertise operating backstage to decorate the celebs from the silent period to the current day. one of the book’s sixty-five clothier profiles are Clare West, Howard Greer, Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Travis Banton, Irene, Edith Head, Cecil Beaton, Bob Mackie, and Colleen Atwood. The designers’ tales are set opposed to the backdrop of Hollywood: how they collaborated with nice motion picture stars and filmmakers; how they maneuvered in the studio process; and the way they got here to layout garments that is still iconic many years after its first visual appeal. The array of flicks mentioned and showcased via pictures spans a couple of hundred years, from draping Rudolph Valentino in unique “sheik” costume to the mythical costuming of Gone with the Wind, Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, Bonnie and Clyde, Reservoir Dogs, and beyond.

This gloriously illustrated quantity comprises candid images of the designers at paintings, graphics and cloth cabinet checks of stars in dress, and fashion designer sketches. Drawing from archival fabric and dozens of recent interviews with award-winning designers, authors Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins supply a hugely informative, lavish, and enjoyable historical past of Hollywood gown design.

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Rambova studied ballet while attending boarding school in Great Britain. She began an affair with the Russian ballet dancer Theodore Kosloff when she was only seventeen. She changed her name to Natacha Rambova to dance professionally. When her mother discovered the affair, she pursued statutory rape charges against Kosloff. Eventually, the charges were dropped and Kosloff and Rambova settled in Los Angeles, where he began acting and designing films for Cecil B. DeMille. Rambova helped Kosloff with the designs, and he passed Rambova’s work off to DeMille and others as his own.

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Producer Mack Sennett had built his Keystone studio up with great comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand and a group of women known as the Sennett Bathing Beauties. Normand would appear in the company’s short films wearing provocative bathing costumes designed by Violet Schofield Schroeder, who went by the name Madame Violette, or sometimes Madame Violet. A 1922 Keystone press release touted, “With a competent corps of assistants, Mme. ” The beauties had a profound influence on the acceptance of modern swimwear, which was still sometimes seen as scandalous in the post-Victorian era.

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