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Dolly Tree and Myrna Loy
Dolly Tree and Myrna Loy It is always annoying when you research, write and publish a book (Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty) and then you find an important quote, that should have gone in the book which has just been unearthed.  Myrna Loy went on strike against MGM’s refusal to increase her pay in 1935 and cleared off for a vacation in Europe. In an interview in Paris in the summer of 1935, she was congratulated on the art of her dresses for the screen and told the interviewer with a smile ‘... I have a couturier in Hollywood: Dolly Tree, she worked for a long time in Paris, it is she who creates all my dresses. I always strive for simple dresses, dresses that any elegant woman could wear in the city and not those extravagant 'costumes' that some stars call ‘Cinema dresses’.    [caption id="attachment_4296" align="alignleft" width="234"]Dolly Tree:A Dream of Beauty book cover
Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty book cover - showing Dolly Tree with Myrna Loy discussing the gowns for The Thin Man[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4306" align="aligncenter" width="246"]A sketch of a gown by Dolly Tree for Myrna Loy Third Finger Left Hand
A sketch of a gown by Dolly Tree for Myrna Loy Third Finger Left Hand[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_4305" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Myrna Loy in a Dolly Tree gown in Evelyn Prentice
Myrna Loy in a Dolly Tree gown in Evelyn Prentice
[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4304" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Myrna Loy wearing a Dolly Tree gown in The Thin Man
Myrna Loy wearing a Dolly Tree gown in The Thin Man
[/caption]     See the digital sampler for Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty here: https://issuu.com/garychapman/docs/dt_digital_sampler                            

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Dolly Tree costume design at MGM

The Evolution of a Screen Gown by Dolly Tree at MGM in the 1930s

In the 1930s MGM was regarded as Hollywood’s premier film production company and renowned for the excellence of its costumes and gowns from its two designers Adrian and Dolly Tree and an array of costume makers. How did this incredible team produce such wonderful visions of beauty? (more…)

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