Classic Hollywood Costume Design of the 1930’s
Margaret J. Bailey
Citadel Press Book Published by Carol Publishing Group 1990
384 pages Paperback
In the Thirties the public demanded that their greatest fantasies be fulfilled for twenty-five cents a night. Favorite idols always looked fantastic on the screen. As Walter Plunkett, one of Hollywood’s most talented costume designers, observed:
It was just as important to look ridiculously gorgeous as it was to make a beautiful false-front house and have it look wonderful. It was gorgeous. It was expensive. It was phony. You went to see a dream and you had a glorious time because it was exciting, but it was never reality.