Creating the Illusion
A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers
Spanning over 100 years of movie history, from the Silent Era to the present day, this volume profiles 65 costume designers, including Coco Chanel, Erté and Cecil Beaton, and describes the work and artistry that went into creating some of Hollywood’s most iconic costumes. Richly illustrated with film stills, photographs and original sketches, the authors draw on archival material and dozens of new interviews to offer a comprehensive and entertaining history of fashion on film.
Audrey and Bill
A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden
Audrey Hepburn and William Holden met on the set of Sabrina in 1954 and began a sensational love affair that, although it was short-lived, marked a turning point in both their lives. This double biography reveals the workings of Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s, charting the rise to fame of the two stars and following their subsequent careers and private lives beyond the pivotal affair.
Federico Fellini received twelve Oscar nominations for the four feature films that he made during the 1960s, his iconic work helping to define the style of the era. This celebration of the decade in the director's oeuvre presents over 150 images, reproduced from the original negatives, of the making of all his films of the period, including La Dolce Vita and 81/2, and also contains a series of essays discussing the movies and their influence. Off-mint.
A Life in Movies
Dismissive of her own talent and largely remembered for her off-screen antics, this lavishly illustrated biography of Ava Gardner aims to set the record straight. Charting four decades of film history, the authors examine Gardner’s roles in movies such as The Killers and Night of the Iguana, the creation of her image, her tempestuous relationships (including with Hemingway and Sinatra) and her loyal friendships, revealing her to be far more than an MGM-created ‘cookie-cutter star’. Slightly off-mint.
Reflections on a Legendary Life
Natalie Wood's roles in Rebel Without a Cause and The Searchers in the mid 1950s made her an international star before the age of 18. Oscar-nominated performances in later films and a high-profile marriage to Robert Wagner kept her in the news until her mysterious death in 1981. This large-format photographic celebration contains stills, promotional shots and on-set and behind-the-scenes images from all her movies, as well as snaps from her private family collection. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Scandinavian Stitch Craft
Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery
Inspired by traditional Swedish textiles, this photographic guide provides ideas for customizing items from T-shirts and baby clothes to cushions and lingerie. Useful advice in a section at the back includes an embroidery lesson illustrating basic stitches as well as templates for all the designs and a packet of tracing paper. Readers can adjust pattern sizes, if necessary, before transferring them onto their own projects.
The Greatest Films of 1939
Poised between the Great Depression and the Second World War, 1939 was a pivotal year for Hollywood and the world – and no other, before, or since has produced so many cinematic masterpieces. This superbly illustrated volume showcases the great movies of that extraordinary year, including Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Of Mice and Men and Dark Victory, it sheds light on the films’ cultural significance, and profiles the remarkable actors and directors who made them.