268 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. DESIGN. Follow renowned British designer Sir Norman Hartnell's meteoric rise to fame in Be Dazzled! . Designing for the best-known stage and film actresses, the British upper class, and the Royal Family, Hartnell helped make London an international center of style during his more than 50 years as a designer. With countless never-before-seen drawings, photographs, fabric samples, and scrapbooks, Be Dazzled! is the authoritative visual biography of a style legend. Michael Pick is the author of six books on interiors and the decorative arts. His articles have appeared in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Apollo, Connoisseur, Tatler, Harpers & Queen, and Vogue UK. He is currently associated with Partridge Fine Art, in London-specialists in fine 18th century English and French furniture, paintings, and silver. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Pick is an acknowledged authority and respected lecturer in his field. (Key Words: Normanl Hartnell, Michael Pick, Set Design, Theater, Theatre, Biography).
Fine in fine dust wrapper. 4to. pp 268. Original publisher's illustrated boards, lettered red on spine. Presentation from the author, Michael Pick on the title page, 'To Lady Grant, with good wishes, the author-7th November 2007'. Copiously illustrated in colour and black and white throughout. ISBN: 0977787532.
New. 0977787532. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--272 pages; 185 color and 264 black and white illustrations. Description: "Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) was a uniquely British genius. For nearly sixty years he was a major personality in the world of fashion. By the mid 1930s, Hartnell's meteoric rise to fame resulted in London becoming a centre of style that closely rivalled Paris. Known for glamorous evening clothes, Hartnell augmented his early design successes by creating a series of stunning wedding dresses for his younger society clientele. His bridal extravaganzas culminated in the romantic 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. While Hartnell clients included members of the English upper class as well as the best-known stage and film actresses of the time, it was his royal patronage that assured him a place in history. The famous 'White Wardrobe' created for Queen Elizabeth (and photographed by Cecil Beaton) in the late 1930s changed her image forever; the extraordinary coronation robes designed for Elizabeth II in 1953; and the sublimely simple wedding dress he made for Princess Margaret when she was married to Lord Snowdon in 1960 remain iconic to this day. Decades of achievement were rewarded with a Knighthood in 1977. Sir Norman Hartnell became the first of two fashion designers to be so honoured. Hartnell continued to create both daywear and evening clothes for a well-heeled sophisticated clientele until his death in 1979. In Top-Notch: Norman Hartnell, Sixty Years of Glamorous Fashion, royal enthusiasts and fashion connoisseurs will be able to examine in greater detail his drawings, vintage photographs, fabric samples and personal scrapbooks that have never been published before."
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