I'm seriously under the weather today, everybody I've seen this week has come down with a cold and now it's my turn. So it's not a bad time to curl up with a good book – and this one is full of gorgeous pictures. It's one of my favorites, Gowns by Adrian, The MGM Years 1928-1941 by Howard Gunter. And here's the link to it on Amazon, in case you must have it and can't leave your bedside and box of kleenex. The price seems to have gone way up - so you may want to shop around, it retailed for about $40.00 when I bought it last year.
Adrian's phenominal design work is credited in part with the success that MGM studios maintained throughout the depression years. He set trends that borrowed from many moments in history but were distinctly his own and a part of the great art and design movements happening at the time, from the Bauhaus, Cubism, Surrealism and 1930's modernism. He offered a fantasy of forms and glamour that moviegoers craved.
The book is comprehensive and even offers whole sections devoted to some of the greatest stars he costumed, from Greta Garbo to Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. You can delve deeper into the work of Adrian at Turner Classic Movies. Or read this review of the original show and book at The New York Times Enjoy!