Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Book Review: The Dress Doctor

"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it" said the world's most famous costume
designer ever. Edith Head is big name in Hollywood, and more importantly the fashion industry. Recently I just picked out 'The Dress Doctor' by Edith Head from my local library and decided to give you a review. I chose this book because it seemed like a similar concept to the rather famous 'Dictionary of Fashion' by Christian Dior, which it was. To compare it to such an iconic book is quite a mean thing to do, but I wasn't disappointed.


Obviously the most important part of the book. The content was good, slightly humerus, and written by one who is very knowledgeable about fit, proportions and overall look. When reading this, you almost feel like you're in safe hands, as it's rare this lady to put a step wrong in fashion. As I said, a similar format to Christian Dior's book, it was laid out like a dictionary. For example the first column (after introduction) was Audrey Hepburn under A, and basically spoke about Audrey and her style, and a shopping trip they had together.  The book is simple. You don't have to be a fashion genius to understand and enjoy this book. Whether you be a novice or a life-long lover, you'll like this book. 


This book didn't have any photos, but many very classy illustrations by Bill Donovan in watercolour. Colourful quirky and very well painted, the illustrations lifted the book and made it even more joyous to read. 


The front cover was one of the illustrations I've just mentioned. For a book made in 2008, the book still looked contemporary and I thought it looked altogether very classy.

Content: 7/10
Layout: 8/10
Photos: 8/10
Design: 8/10
Fashion: 9/10
Overall: 40/50

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