Monday, January 14, 2013
My nightstand book stack is wildly out of control post-Christmas and birthday. Books, delicious books!
The Hollywood Sketchbook is a beautifully illustration history of the work of motion picture costume designers and illustrators. It's fun to see the scribbles on the sides of the pages - "more sequins here!" or "turn over for pocket detail!" The author points out that when you see a perfect costume sketch where the character is in a pose you'd recognize from a movie still, the drawing was requested after the fact - it's not usually the original design sketch.
The book also weighs about 30 pounds, so one has to begin a fitness regime in order to read it.
I picked up the history of the Plantagenets (King Richard III and family) at a Barnes and Noble close-out sale. I've had some interest in that ruling family since I read "Daughter of Time," in middle school, a mystery that made the case that Richard III innocent of murdering the Princes in the Tower.
The Scandinavian Folklore book came home with me from Europe in December, after a folklore visit museum. The costume photos are gorgeous.
Always glad to have more to read.