A tantalising title if ever I saw one. Who doesn’t want to be adored? Marilyn did. The Stone Roses did. And as a rampant narcissist, I definitely do. This flocked velvet hardback promises to reveal how to achieve total adorability. Obviously I was eager to learn more.
Through the study of gorgeous women from Hollywood’s Golden Age and its more recent Tabloid Age, author Caroline Cox provides a scintillating style manual brimming with tips, tricks and gossipy titbits. Reading this book is like having a girly sleepover with history’s most glamorous women, all eager to share their style secrets and tell you how fabulous you are. There are plenty of inspirational quotes but miraculously they don’t make me cringe. It seems I find fashion advice (and cake) a lot easier to swallow than life advice.
Not only does the book tell you how to dress like a movie star, it also offers step-by-glamorous-step tutorials so you can recreate certain stylish trademarks – Marlene’s razor-sharp cheekbones, Blondie’s smoky eyes and even Audrey’s captivating vocal intonation.
I especially loved reading about the extreme makeovers starlets received from the studios. So much for the era of natural beauty. Each ingenue would be rigorously evaluated before receiving her personal glamour prescription, which could include laser treatments, cosmetic surgery and, in the case of Rita Hayworth, raising her hairline. Foreheads were big news in the thirties.
With its caressable cover and dip-into structure, I totally recommend How To Be Adored as a gorgeous gift for a vintage-loving friend, or for yourself.