Movie Lovers’ Must-Have Holiday Read:
“Creating The Illusion: A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers”

Marilyn Monroe's white dress worn in “The Apartment” made movie history.

Marilyn Monroe’s white dress worn in “The Apartment” made movie history.

Marilyn Monroe made history standing over a subway grate in a white pleated halter dress designed by William Travilla. Hubert de Givenchy immortalized the Little Black Dress with a single opening scene in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” A red nylon jacket signaled to audiences that James Dean was a “Rebel Without a Cause.” For more than a century, costume designers have left indelible impressions on moviegoers’ minds. Yet until now, so little has been known about the designers themselves and their work to complement and enrich stories through fashion.

“Creating the Illusion” (click here to order) presents the history of fashion on film, showcasing classic moments from film favorites and untold stories about the creative talent working behind the scenes to dress stars from the silent era to present day. Among the book’s sixty-five designer profiles are Clare West, Howard Greer, Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Travis Banton, Irene, Edith Head, Cecil Beaton, Bob Mackie, and Colleen Atwood. The designers’ stories are set against the backdrop of Hollywood by authors Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins who offer a highly informative, lavish, and entertaining history of Hollywood costume design.

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