In this new biography of Hollywood's most prolific costume designer, friend and film historian Chierichetti takes readers inside Head's extraordinary life, both personal and professional, revealing the complex and surprising person behind her trademark sunglasses. Photos throughout. 8-page color insert.In this new biography of Hollywood's most prolific costume designer, friend and film historian Chierichetti takes readers inside Head's extraordinary life, both personal and professional, revealing the complex and surprising person behind her trademark sunglasses. Photos throughout. 8-page color insert.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2003-01-20 Film historian Chierichetti pays tribute to the grit behind one woman's glamorous career. Head spent more than 40 years at Paramount, won eight Oscars and became as famous as the stars she dressed. Her longevity came thanks to diplomacy and manipulation, and Chierichetti meticulously details her love affairs, touted designs and public appeal. From 1925 until her death in 1981, Head was a byword in Hollywood and an American fashion icon. She endured long hours, modest pay and studio machinations, yet never lost her cool. And she dressed everyone, from Barbara Stanwyck and Grace Kelly to Paul Newman. Draped in dark glasses and severe suits, Head was a master at playing politics and keeping competitors at bay. She was also an accomplished liar, which haunted her throughout her life. Head accepted the Oscar for Sabrina, though the gowns were designed by Givenchy. She gambled that the unknown Frenchman would remain silent-and he did. Not that the impenetrable Head wasn't a talent in her own right. Her ability to stay within budget and placate divas-"I might have to dress her again"-was as legendary as her fashion virtuosity. Olivia de Havilland dubbed her "a marvel." Yet the twice-married designer was also insecure and aloof; keeping secrets kept her in the game. Few, save Chierichetti, ever penetrated her inner core. He paints an absorbing sketch of an ambitious woman whose career defined Hollywood's golden years. Fashion lovers will enjoy his homage, and his devotion to movie magic. Photos. Agent, Victoria Wilson. (Mar. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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