Caroline Young's background is in Literature, Film and Journalism but her love and appreciation of classic Hollywood fashion is quite evident in this book. She takes a look at 34 films starting with Camille (1921) and ending with The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). Other notable films include Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), Gilda (1946), The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). There is a nice mix of popular films as well as some lesser known ones. There are 3 films from the 1920s, 7 films from the 1930s, 8 films from the 1940s, 11 films from the 1950s and 4 films from the 1960s. Each movie gets 3 spreads, 6 pages total with a couple movies getting an extra spread, 2 pages. There are many full page images but the focus really is on the text. Young explores the decision making of the fashion, the relationship between designer and star, the cultural influence of the film's fashion as well as the role the fashion plays in each film.
There was a big error in the book in which the author claims Joan Crawford was the queen of MGM in the 1930s when that actual title went to Norma Shearer. This error rubbed me the wrong way. If the author and publisher were willing to fix it, I'd bump my review to 4 stars. It's really an enjoyable read and it's well-researched but I'm a big Norma Shearer fan so I couldn't overlook that big error.
My full review is here: http://outofthepastcfb.blogspot.com/2012/09/get-your-read-on-classic-hollywood.html