"Extravagant costumes and the stars who wore them highlight this first major book on Hollywood costume. 127 extraordinary photographs of actual costumes, 79 in full colour, were made specially for this book by fashion photographer Keith Trumbo. Most of these pictures are of costumes assembled for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's record-breaking show, "Romantic and Glamour Hollywood Design", while some were added from other collections. The photographs capture not only the exquisite materials and craftsmanship of the clothes but their aura of glamour and romance. And, in some 200 photographs from the great Hollywood movies and TV shows, the stars are seen wearing these costumes in well remembered dramatic scenes.


Here, too, in pictures and intimate biographies - many based on personal interviews - are the stars themselves from Pickford, Crawford, Garbo, and Hepburn to Garland, Streisand, and Cher, as well as the designers, dressmakers, hairdressers, technicians, and directors who made and selected these stunning clothes - Adrian, Erte, von Stroheim, Minelli, Mackie, Plunkett, and many more.


The lively and informative text discloses details of costume production and its fabulous costs while guiding the reader through the six turbulent decades of movie production from the 1910s to the present (1970s). It illuminates the temperamental clashes between stars, directors, and designers and the whole fascinating behind-the-scenes story of the magnificent costumes that adorned Hollywood's most exciting stars."

Hollywood Costume by Dale McConathy and Diana Vreeland (1976)