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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] 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  Myrna Loy in a Dolly Tree gown in Evelyn Prentice   Myrna Loy in a Dolly Tree gown in Evelyn Prentice  Myrna Loy wearing a Dolly Tree gown in The Thin Man   Myrna Loy wearing a Dolly Tree gown in The Thin Man     Take a look at the fully illustrated biography about Dolly Tree (Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty). A long lost artistic genius of the Jazz Age, Dolly Tree was famous on both sides of the Atlantic, for her extravagant creations for the stage, cabaret, couture and film in the 1920s and 1930s. This illustrated biography, with over 600 images, captures her unique talent and achievements as a dress designer, including her Hollywood career at MGM.  Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty Will be published 26th September 2017 in hardback and paperback. Both versions contain over 600 photographs and is A4 - it is a big coffee table book. The Hardback has 400 pages all in full colour -- it is the deluxe package with an RRP of £75. The paperback has 340 pages and is in black and white with 11 colour sections containing 44 pages and an RRP of £30.   View the digital sampler https://issuu.com/garychapman/docs/dt_digital_sampler   VIEW the Press Release for Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty here                                  

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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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