Hollywood Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (V&A Publishing, £25)
Britain’s big year is officially over, our fiscal fortune is looking bleak, but hey, it’s Oscar month, so throw on some sequins, paint on a smile and give ’em the old razzle-dazzle. Too much? Well, perhaps a more contained injection of Hollywood glamour is in order, such as this gorgeous guide to the very best cinematic costumes from the golden age onwards. Released to complement the V&A museum’s exhibition of the same name, this arty tome is packed with photographs from Hollywood’s most memorable movies, as well as contributions from costume designers, actors and directors.
Page turner More than just a trip down cinematic memory lane, this is a surprisingly scholarly read, which retains the glamour factor with iconic images of stars including Judy Garland and Nicole Kidman.
Page turn-off Knowing every detail of the planning and work that goes in to Batman’s costume makes him feel a little less real to us.
Typical phrase “What would Darth Vader be without his iconic helmet and vestments? The Wicked Witch without her pointy black hat? With fantastic film, in many ways the costume is the character.”