This book, Hollywood Deco Fashions of the 1920s, traces the experiences of a young French woman along the path she followed in 1919 from a very small village in the south of France to the grandeur of Hollywood’s motion picture industry during its most electrifying and dazzling period—its golden age of the 1920s. Travel companion to a wealthy woman, Marianne Dunat’s rapture when experiencing the elegant fashion shows in New York and Paris evolved into a deep desire to develop her innate artistic skills. These skills were honed at a prestigious Hollywood fashion-design school to a level that eased her entry into designing costumes at one of Hollywood’s most notable motion picture studios of the early 1920s.
The reader will be guided along artistic learning curves beginning with the most elementary form of sketching, to portraying in great detail the rudimentary components of the female head and body, and to the creation of exquisite apparel. The extensive span of Ms. Dunat’s artistry is self-evident and should be of significant appreciation by a wide audience, particularly that segment of the populace having a bias for chic apparel that symbolizes Hollywood’s grandest epoch—the 1920s. The illustrations in this work in conjunction with the story line establish its uniqueness in the arena of 1920s’ fashion design.
About the Author
Born in a small Basque village in the south of France, twenty-year-old Marianne Dunat traveled to Los Angeles in 1919, to visit relatives for one year. She became a permanent resident of Los Angeles. Working as a travel companion for a multi-millionaire, she experienced engaging fashion shows in New York and Paris. To pursue her fascination with fashions she enrolled in a fashion-design program at the prestigious Diogot & Wolfe fashion-design school in Hollywood. Having developed high-level skills in designing unique and elegant fashions, she was invited to join the costume-design staff at the prominent Cecile DeMille motion picture studios during Hollywood’s glamorous and exciting Golden Age of the 1920s.
The illustrations in this book were selected from Ms Dunat’s collection of “Fashion Designs of the 1920s”.