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The Dress Doctor: Prescriptions for Style, From A to Z

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews

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—and lending her sartorial wisdom to women across the country on radio and television. In 1959, she published a best-selling memoir and style guide, The Dress Doctor

Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Harper Design (first published January 1st 1959)
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Mary Ronan Drew
Edith Head was without question the greatest Hollywood costume designer. She won eight Oscars. She dealt with long-waisted Joan Crawford, perfectionist Marlene Dietrich, and too-thin Audrey Hepburn. She designed the memorable dress Bette Davis wore in All About Eve. She put Kim Novak in a grey tailored suit in Vertigo. She designed those perfect outfits for Grace Kelly in Rear Window. And she created the period togs for Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting.

This little book was first publi
Joanne G.
May 26, 2014 Joanne G. rated it really liked it
This abbreviated adaptation of Ms. Head's original fashion book is unintentionally hilarious in prescribing the "correct" fashion to wear for each and every occasion. Imagine the modern person even contemplating the proper attire to wear for grocery shopping. The advice is firmly grounded in an era where women wore hats and gloves. There were still a few gems that remain true for today, such as "Don't let your clothes be fitted too tightly. Even a perfect figure looks better if it doesn't resemb ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Lulu rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, fashion
This is a quick little read of quotes on A to Z from Edith Head's autobiograpy THE DRESS DOCTOR. Not a lot of substance since it's just snippets from the original but the illustrations by Bil Donovan are gorgeous.
Jen Yttri (Lynch)
Jan 22, 2014 Jen Yttri (Lynch) rated it liked it
I had intended to read Edith Head's full autobiography rather than this. However, this abbreviated version was still full of her pointed wit and insight (I never knew what was correct to wear bowling or to a baseball game) with beautiful pictures included.
Oct 26, 2009 Relyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fashionistas and nostaglia fans
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at the library
OH, I really loved the watercolors in this book. Mostly it was just interesting. Not especially helpful, of course. It includes ideas such as long skirts for ice skating if you're good and slacks if you aren't. Pretty funny, really.
Apryl Anderson
Apr 02, 2016 Apryl Anderson rated it liked it
Shelves: style
This was fun--a good companion to Christian Dior's Little Dictionary of Fashion. I shall have both of them over for drinks and conversation, and let them dress me with style and aplomb.

And the aquarelle illustrations were fun, too.
Veela Divina
Oct 19, 2013 Veela Divina rated it it was ok
Illustrative. Would have wanted the book to have more depth in terms of clothing tips.
Apr 06, 2013 Tamari rated it liked it
The stories about Old Hollywood and the beautiful illustrations are the best parts of this book. The actual fashion advice is vague and useless, despite Edith Head's obvious wisdom.
Jan Brooks
Mar 25, 2011 Jan Brooks rated it really liked it
1950's Hollywood fun!
Kokolani Missett
Jun 01, 2012 Kokolani Missett rated it it was ok
Not what I expected and a little boring.
Apr 13, 2015 Geovanna rated it liked it
Outdated, but interesting.
Mario Saverino
Jul 15, 2013 Mario Saverino rated it liked it
Great Illustrations.
Feb 10, 2012 JDAZDesigns rated it liked it
Fun one liners.
Great illustrations.
Aug 21, 2012 Cara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this book only included excerpts of the original. However, a little peek into Edith's world was fun, and the illustrations were delightful.
Feb 24, 2015 Maria rated it it was ok
Another waste of time.
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Luis Hernandez
Mar 26, 2017 Luis Hernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though Ms. Head is long gone, the tips are on point. I gave it 4 stars because it was to short!!
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