1959 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; and by Jane Kesner Ardmore "With Photographs"; Little, Brown and Company publishers, New York; hardbound in lime and light grey boards with red lettering and decor on cover and spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket a little aged but in quite good condition.
Long before celebrity stylists became as renowned as the Oscar-winning film stars they advise, the legendary costume designer Edith Head was dressing Hollywood's most fashionable women and men, on screen and off, as well as lending her sartorial wisdom to women across the country on radio and television. In 1959, she published a bestselling memoir and style guide, The Dress Doctor, in which she also shared dozens of entertaining anecdotes about Hollywood's A-list with her fans. This special gift edition—an alphabetical romp through the art of getting dressed and dressing Hollywood—features Edith Head's best advice and stories, in her own words, along with gorgeous new illustrations.
From entries on Audrey Hepburn to Zooture, The Dress Doctor is filled with Head's timeless tips: her expertise on developing a personal style, dressing to flatter one's figure, building a wardrobe, and judging quality. Here are prescriptions for dressing properly for any activity, be it bowling, housecleaning, roller-skating, or making breakfast. Bil Donovan's stunning re-creations of Head's most famous gowns bring the designer's work vividly to life again, along with Hollywood icons Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and many others.