Connoisseur of the female form

Susie Boyt is captivated by a Hollywood costumier’s gloriously indiscreet memoir

By Orry-Kelly 425pp, Allen & Unwin, £25 Women I’ve Undressed: the Fabulous Life and Times of a Legendary Hollywood Designer Voyager Now, Some Like it Hot, Now, Voyager, Women I’ve Undressed
Culture Books

If you love or even like Old Hollywood, if you hanker after parties where Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Hedy Lamarr and Jean Harlow chew the fat in Spanish costumes under camellia-strewn bowers, then Orry-Kelly’s is a little bit of paradise....

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