Sunday, October 23, 2011

Designing Hollywood's Golden Age

If you find yourself in San Francisco this weekend, I will be speaking at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show on Designing Hollywood's Golden Age: Art Direction from the Twenties and Thirties. Sponsored by the Art Deco Society of California, I will cover some of the highlights of the period from Garbo's The Kiss and The Single Standard to the musicals of Fred, Ginger and Busby Berkeley and everything in between. Shown above is one of my favorite sets and photographs from Pleasure Crazed (1929).

The lecture will be on Saturday, October 29th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a book signing. For information and tickets, see the show's website here. There will also be a panel discussion and book signings with designers Thomas Jayne, Suzanne Lovell and David Kleinberg on The Curated Home which should also be of interest.

Garbo's The Kiss

Bette Davis in Ex-Lady

And if you are in the Dallas/Denton area, I will be speaking on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the University of North Texas on Designs on Film. 

Hope to see you there! Lecturing is's the packing that is hard....

Photo Credits: MGM


  1. Yikes! That does not look like just a bear skin rug, but almost like an actual polar bear sprawled out on the floor!

    Please give my regards to fellow Parish-Hadley'ers, David Kleinberg and Thomas Jayne.

  2. Yes, that rug was well before the days of animal rights! Will give your regards!

  3. Hi Cathy, I'd like to know what that first picture, the round entrance is actually from. Can you name any source for this image? The movie mentioned is not available and deemed lost. Any help?

    1. Pleasure Crazed is not available as far as I know
      You might check for further info