A Fine Man Once Said:

"Part of the 10 million I spent on gambling, part of it on booze, and part of it on women. The rest I spent foolishly."

- George Raft

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style

Fans of classic American style will want to take a look at Richard Torregrossa's excellent study of Cary Grant's timeless elegance - Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style. The writing contributed by Giorgio Armani and Michael Kors is insightful, and Torregrossa's account of Grant's sartorial journey through life is quite interesting. I was surprised to discover that one of Grant's early sartorial icons was none other than Zeppo Marx, the straight man to his three utterly insane brothers.

Of course, the other highlights of this book are the wonderful photos of Grant from various eras, where he nevertheless remains impeccably attired and timelessly elegant. Below are just a few of the images on display. Considerable attention is paid to Grant's transformation from his early appearances in Mae West's films, looking picturesque in military regalia, and his continuing quest for the perfectly sympathetic silhouette which would highlight his trim physique while subtly downplaying what he thought were his more unseemly attributes (such as a thick neck), while at the same time allowing Grant to appear comfortable and relaxed in his doublebreasted suits.

Based on the images provided here, one can only conclude that Grant was successful in his efforts.

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