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Allure of Beauty: Women in Hollywood

In celebration of Hollywoods legendary actresses from the 1930s to the present, Assouline together with Elle magazine and renowned fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon presents The Allure of Glamour: Women in Hollywood. From Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich to Anita Ekberg and Julia Roberts, each page of this vibrant anthology radiates with provocative images of unforgettable faces and moments that have forever changed the place of women in Hollywood as well as in our social culture. Elle magazine film critic Karen Durbin delves into the history of Hollywood, highlighting females who have proven their femininity, strength, and talent. The glitzy narrative accompanies a carefully researched, sexy selection of photography that captures the individuality of each woman.

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Valentino: Themes and Variations

Valentino: Themes and Variations – Valentino has always been one of my favorite designers. His exquisite designs are coveted and worn by young Hollywood and high society, as you can see on previous posts. On the occasion of his last couture collection, presented in Paris in the spring of 2008, this landmark book celebrates forty-five years of Valentino’s remarkable career. Published in association with a prestigious exhibition at the Museé des Arts Decoratifs’s famed costume department in Paris, this volume focuses on Valentino’s haute couture creations, through new photography, sketches, fabric samples, and commentary on the dresses by Valentino himself. I always felt that Valentino brings the values of a lady, he seemed to intuitively understand how to make women look beautiful. His color palette was sure to make a woman look vibrant and alive: that sizzling Valentino red; pinks and corals; ice blue; black. There were dressmaker details – rosettes, pleats, and embroidery – that took a dress from being merely a dress to an exquisite piece of art. And never was the female figure obscured by extraneous bits and pieces. I was excited to get a sneak peek at this Rizzoli publication “Valentino: Themes and Variations” by Pamela…

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