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Hollywood and the Ivy Look

Hollywood and the Ivy Look

Author: Nourmand Tony
$65.00(AUD)  inc GST
This stunning book delivers a pictorial celebration of the look and attitude of 'Ivy'. In the decade between 1955 and 1965 a coterie of discerning Hollywood hipsters appropriated the incomparable Ivy League clothing of America's East Coast elite. These West Coast actors elevated The Ivy Look to the height of cool and defined a quintessentially American male dress code for a new generation of movie audiences. From the button-down hip of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins to the preppy sensibilities of Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman; the understated but carefully selected components of The Ivy Look didn't shout 'look at me' but instead gave off an image of approachable correctness and laid back confidence. Exhaustively compiled and featuring many previously unreleased images, it is the first large format coffee table book to take an in-depth look at how 'Ivy' established itself as the epitome of Hollywood style, gained a new democratic global following and a place in history as the look of modern America.
Photo-Op: Film Prep

We live in the slob era, a wasteland of sagging jeans, rumpled T-shirts and slapping flip-flops. And that's just Hollywood. You don't have to look all the way back to a tuxedo-clad Cary Grant circa 1938 to lament the demise of movie stylishness. 'Hollywood and the Ivy Look' (Reel Art, 286 pages, $75) recalls the period from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s when, as authors Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh put it, 'Hollywood hipsters appropriated the incomparable Ivy League clothing of America's East Coast elite.' Onscreen and off, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Montgomery Clift and many another actor--the Ivy look was largely a male preserve, much as the schools were--wore 'button-down and tab collar shirts, Bass Weejun loafers and Alden plain cap brogues, cashmere and alpaca sweaters' and other products of the Brooks Brothers sensibility. We see Anthony Perkins (above, with Patrizia Mangano) looking so young that he might still be in college, and Robert Redford wearing a suit and skinny tie for "Barefoot in the Park' (1967) that would set the hearts of 'Mad Men' fans aflutter. Not all of the looks are so enticing--upgrading Ivy style with a cravat did no favors for James Garner, Robert Wagner or Jason Robards, and Newman's own ascot is the worst of the lot--but this book captures what may have been the last time anyone looked admiringly at the clothes that stars wore. And not a drop of tattoo ink in sight!

--The Editors, December 24, 2011, The Wall Street Journal Bookshelf

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780956648730
  • : Reel Art Press
  • : November 2011
  • : 300mm X 250mm X 25mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nourmand Tony
  • : Hardback
  • : 280