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Hollywood and the Ivy Look

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We mentioned this on the Facebook page a while back to a good reception, but at the time, Hollywood and the Ivy Look by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh wasn’t available to order. It is now – and you can also secure one in London tomorrow.

Co-author Graham Marsh was also behind The Ivy Look, a book reviewed favourably on here in the past. This new ivy-inspired ‘coffee table’ book is published by Reel Art Press, covering 280 pages and focusing on the era between 1955 and 1965, specifically zooming in on the discerning Hollywood hipsters with a love of Ivy League clothing, who in turn, brought the look to a wider audience via the movies.


So we’re talking the button-down hip of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins to the preppy style of Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman, along with Clint Eastwood in his ribbed woollen sweater, James Coburn in a seersucker suit and sunglasses, Robert Redford in a black polo-neck and navy blazer, Sidney Poitier in a green, striped jacket with red paisley tie and Warren Beatty in pale chinos with perfectly polished loafers. To name a few,

Also featured are on and off-screen stills from some of the classic movies and television series that helped to make ‘Ivy’ so popular around the world, such as Mission Impossible and The Fugitive, plus unseen shots on the set of Psycho, The Graduate, Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple.

Amazon is selling the book now online or you can get a signed copy at the John Simons store in London tomorrow (10th November) for a cheaper pre-launch price of £35. The event takes place from 5pm to 8pm.


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