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The complete book of Oscar fashion : variety's: 75 years of glamour on the red carpet
Chace, Reeve.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Reed Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
188 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 188) and index.

"An eye book"--T.p. verso.
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Chace presents insider fashion gossip and expert style analysis on hundreds of amazing gowns seen at the Academy Awards through history. Hardcover with velvet wrap. 500 photos.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The day after the Academy Awards ceremony, movie fans are as abuzz about what the stars wore as about who won. Who can forget Cher looking like a seductive alien rooster in a skimpy Bob Mackie outfit with feathered headdress, or Bjork showing up with a swan wrapped around her neck? Photos of those appearances and hundreds more fill this fun book showcasing an array of Oscar fashion from the 1920s to this year's 75th anniversary party, focusing on women but also mentioning the tuxedo choices of a few men. Chace, a fashion and beauty reporter, organizes the looks by decade, throwing in subject-oriented features on, for example, women who attended the ceremony while visibly pregnant, or the repetition of certain looks then and now. There's an accessible, magazine-like sense to the book, as Chace displays no less than two photos (and as many as five) on each page, along with snappy captions (a shot of Melanie Griffith, star of Working Girl, in 1989, is titled "Work It, Girl"; an image of Audrey Hepburn in a belted Givenchy dress in 1954 bears the caption "It's a Cinch"). Throughout, Chace offers miniportraits of top designers from Elsa Schiaparelli to Narciso Rodriguez and sums up each era in an opening page (e.g., the 1960s were all about "looking forward," as Psycho star Janet Leigh sported a close-fitting dress made of a sparkly fabric and Jane Fonda shunned tradition and opted for a dressed-down look). Although occasionally the sheer profusion of sidebars, tinted pages and overlapping photos is disorienting, the volume presents a comprehensive and most enjoyable look at Hollywood fashion dos and don'ts. 500 photos. (Oct.) Forecast: This launch title from Reed Press (owned by Reed Business Information, which also owns PW) features a black faux-velvet cover that bookstore browsers are going to notice. With the Oscar audience passing one billion viewers each year, the potential buyership for this book is immense. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Fun and enjoyable are the words that best describe this trivia book featuring the fashion trends, as well as fashion faux pas, of Oscar presenters, winners, and nominees over the 75-year history of the Academy Awards. Beautifully illustrated in both black and white and color (with 500 illustrations, often several per page), the book is arranged by decade to show fashion worn by Hollywood's most glamorous stars and starlets and highlight notable designers and costumers, from Christian Dior, Oleg Cassini, and Valentino to Halston, Versace, and Vera Wang. Fashion reporter Chace offers special expert analysis on notable designs and focuses on detailing and accessories that make the ensemble successful or not. The book includes critics' picks and pans, as well as fashion gossip. Kitschy, quirky, and entertaining, this velvet-covered book is suitable for public library collections or those specializing in fashion design and costuming.-Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Fashion Previewp. 8
The 1920s and 1930s: A Grand Tradition Commencesp. 14
1929: The Very First Ceremonyp. 16
1930: Not So Quiet Anymorep. 17
1931: The Big Sleepp. 18
1932: Ties Not Optionalp. 19
1934: Frank's Mistakep. 20
1935: A Close Callp. 21
Spotlight on Gowns: 1930p. 22
1936: Bette's Revengep. 23
1937: The Crowds Returnp. 24
1938: Rainer Delayp. 25
1939: Final Takep. 26
Strange Dosp. 27
The 1940s: The (Fashion) Show Must Go Onp. 28
1940: Swept Awayp. 30
1941: Patriot Gamesp. 31
1942: Austerity Reignsp. 32
1943: A Hushed Affairp. 33
1944: Here's Looking at Themp. 34
1945: Ingrid's Wayp. 35
Spotlight on Gowns: 1945p. 36
1946: Peace Makes a Comebackp. 37
1947: The New Lookp. 38
1948: Costumer's Comeuppancep. 39
1949: Goodbye to All Thatp. 40
And Oscar Makes Threep. 41
The 1950s: Far From Heavenp. 42
1950: New Awakeningsp. 44
1951: Box-Office Blowoutp. 45
1952: All Quiet on the Oscar Frontp. 46
1953: Live, from Los Angeles!p. 47
1954: Full Speed Aheadp. 48
1955: Scene Stealersp. 49
Spotlight on Gowns: Early 1950sp. 50
1956: The Clothes are the Thingp. 52
1957: Star Powerp. 53
1958: Glamour Amid Griefp. 54
1959: Out with a Bangp. 55
Repeat Performancesp. 56
The 1960s: Back to the Futurep. 58
1960: Still Prim and Properp. 60
1961: May I Have this Dance?p. 61
1962: In the Heat of the Nightp. 62
1963: Full Steam Aheadp. 63
1964: Let Freedom Ringp. 64
1965: Style Revs Upp. 65
Spotlight on Gowns: 1960sp. 66
1966: The Hills are Alivep. 68
1967: Strike Averted!p. 69
1968: Guess Who's Wearing What?p. 70
1969: Worldwide Exposurep. 71
The Big White Dressp. 72
The 1970s: The Age of Aquariusp. 74
1970: In Bloomp. 76
1971: Floral Princessesp. 78
1972: Free as a Birdp. 80
1973: A Family Affairp. 82
1974: The Naked Truthp. 84
1975: Raindrops Keep Fallingp. 86
Spotlight on Gowns: Early 1970sp. 88
1976: Styles Gone Wildp. 90
1977: Punch Drunkp. 92
1978: Mellow Yellowp. 94
1979: The Party's Overp. 96
Menswearp. 98
The 1980s: A Material Worldp. 100
1980: Hair Apparentp. 102
1981: Presidential Pardonp. 105
1982: Pump Up the Volumep. 108
1983: Small Stars, Big Nightp. 111
1984: Fashion Gets Turned Upside Downp. 114
1985: Rock Me, Amadeusp. 117
Spotlight on Gowns: 1980sp. 118
1986: Out of Fashionp. 120
1987: Tightening Their Beltsp. 123
1988: Starstuckp. 126
1989: Out with a Bangp. 129
Oscar's Most Beautiful Gownsp. 132
The 1990s: As Good as It Getsp. 134
1990: Armani's Armyp. 136
1991: Dances in Stylep. 139
1992: Yesterday's Looks Todayp. 142
1993: Unforgiving Year for Fashion Faux Pasp. 145
1994: Fashion Gets Seriousp. 148
1995: Fashion History is Madep. 151
Spotlight on Gowns: 1990sp. 154
1996: Brave Artp. 156
1997: Independents' Dayp. 159
1998: Kings of the Worldp. 162
1999: Life is Beautifulp. 165
Garish Gownsp. 168
The 2000s: A Return to Elegancep. 170
2000: The Waiting Gamep. 172
2001: Traffic Jamp. 175
2002: A Beautiful Nightp. 178
2003: The Anniversary Partyp. 181
Spotlight on Gowns: Early 2000sp. 184
Indexp. 186
Photography Creditsp. 188