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BFI Reuben Library

Dolly Tree: Designer to the Stars

In this library talk we investigate one of the greatest British dress designers of the 20th century.

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Total runtime 90min

One of the great British dress designers of the 20th century, Dolly Tree was famous on both sides of the Atlantic for her extravagant creations that appeared in stage shows and cabaret in the 1920s, including the quintessential 1890s look for Mae West in Diamond Lil. In 1930 she moved to Hollywood and worked first at Fox and then at MGM, designing elegant creations for stars such as Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Judy Garland, Maureen O’Sullivan, Rosalind Russell and many more. One of her mottos was ’simplicity, smartness and suitability’ and with this, and the fact that she popularised the strapless evening gown, she helped to epitomise Hollywood glamour. Join Dolly Tree biographer Gary Chapman for a richly illustrated talk about her life and work.

Tickets £6.50.

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