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Dolly Tree died 55 years ago on this day 17th May 1962

May 17th, 2017

55 years ago on this day, 17th May 1962, Dolly Tree, the internationally renowned Jazz Age costume designer, died in obscurity in a psychiatric hospital on Long Island, New York. A sad and tragic end to a brilliant career.

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Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty Book Cover

Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty Book Cover

Dolly Sisters and Mr Selfridge

December 29th, 2015

The Dolly Sisters and Mr Selfridge

More interesting commentary about the Dolly Sisters and Mr Selfridge, in advance of the last series of the ITV show, Mr Selfridge is unveiled this time from the Daily Star.

We all know that TV drama is not true to life but why oh why do they continue to insist that certain things are true when they are clearly not? Once again Harry Selfridge (or Gordon Selfridge) did not have an affair with both sisters. He did not have ‘a fling’ with Rosie (she was engaged to a prominent French socialite when they met) but was madly in love with Jenny.

As the author of the only biography about the Dolly Sisters, I was mildy relieved that one of the actresses Zoe Richards, who plays Jenny, said: ‘I really hope viewers don’t hate The Dollies. I want them to like us.’

However, I will reserve my judgement about her comment ‘We spice things up and I think we’ve done an accurate portrayal of them.’ Let’s wait and see. But for starters they were identical twins and the actresses portraying them are not related and they were not blonde. So I fear we are on the wrong footing already. I wonder if they read my book?

Simply put, if you are interested in the truth, buy my biography about the Dolly Sisters, simply titled The Dolly Sisters, to get the full and true story or revel in their story as told in The Dolly Sisters in Pictures.

http://www.eddittpublishing.com/books/dolly-sisters
http://www.eddittpublishing.com/books/the-dolly-sisters-in-pictures
http://www.jazzageclub.com/dolly-sisters
http://www.eddittpublishing.com/dolly-sisters-and-mr-selfridge

 

The cover for the book The Dolly Sisters: Icons of the Jazz Age

The cover for the book The Dolly Sisters in Pictures

Dolly Sisters and Mr Selfridge

November 30th, 2015

The commentary about the Dolly Sisters and Mr Selfridge, in advance of the last series of the ITV show, has started already with the latest feature from The Mail on Sunday. Thankfully, this assessment is not too bad and instead of blaming the Dolly Sisters for ruining him and describing them as gold-diggers, the blame […]

The Dolly Sisters in Pictures sampler

October 7th, 2015

View the Dolly Sisters in Pictures sampler here The Dolly Sisters in Pictures Gary Chapman Publication: 4th January 2016 £20 paperback, ISBN 978-1-909230-21-7 £12.99 Apple ebook ISBN 978-1-909230-22-4 £12.99 Amazon Kindle ebook ISBN 978-1-909230-23-1 The glamorous life of the Dolly Sisters as seen in 200 photographic images. Capturing their rise to fame and fortune, from their […]

ICES Reviews Classic Fabric Flowers in Sugar

October 1st, 2015

A wonderful review of Classic Fabric Flowers in Sugar in the October issue of the ICES newsletter – copies available in the USA from ISAC (www.nicholaslodge.com) ICES is International Cake Exploration Society in the USA

Brenton Film – about London’s Hollywood

April 9th, 2015

Extensive feature about Gary Chapman and the creation of the book London’s Hollywood from the brilliant online resource Brenton Film Click here to read  

Dolly Tree and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1926)

March 16th, 2015

Did the famous dress-designer Dolly Tree make an appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger? On watching the film closely (once again) I saw something that had not registered before – a rather tantalising and interesting visual connection. The mannequin parade (shown twice) was filmed at the Islington studio in June 1926 and all the gowns, […]

Gary Chapman and His Cakes

March 5th, 2015

I created this presentation for new followers on my Gary Chapman Cakes Facebook page who did not know much about my background in cake decorating.

Publication of Classic Fabric Flowers in Sugar

February 6th, 2015

Classic Fabric Flowers in Sugar by Gary Chapman Will be published 27th April 2015 in ebook, paperback and hardback A colourful step-by-step guide showing how to make a range of fabric effect flowers and leaves from roses to fantasy flowers for cakes A cake decorating guide to fabric effects in sugar showing how to make fabric effect […]

London’s Hollywood Review

November 10th, 2014

Nathalie Morris, (archive curator at the BFI) offers a positive review in Sight and Sound Magazine (December 2014)   ‘valuable and enjoyable… a detailed and thorough study.’ ‘provides valuable and enjoyable studies of a huge range of films while placing the studio within the context of issues affecting filming making across this period.’ ‘a worthwhile […]