Dolly Tree : A Dream of Beauty

A fully illustrated biography of the British costume designer Dolly Tree, famous on both sides of the Atlantic in the Jazz Age for her extravagant creations for the stage and Hollywood films during the 1920s and 1930s.

Dolly Tree (1899-1962) was an illustrator and costume designer who forged a successful career during the 1920s and 1930s in London, Paris, New York and Hollywood and was a prime example of the New Woman. Her artistic flair touched so many stage and screen personalities that even if you have never heard of her before you will be familiar with her elegant creations for such movie stars as Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Judy Garland, Maureen O’Sullivan and other MGM starlets. She was also responsible for creating the quintessential 1890s look for Mae West that made her famous.

She was unique in the breadth and scale of her productivity by working in London, Paris, New York and Hollywood and having several distinctive careers designing for the legitimate stage, cabaret, couture and film. Very few of her contemporaries could match her myriad achievements. Each chapter covers these specific areas.

Dolly Tree’s creative genius had a profound impact on fashion and her modern approach to dress designing with its chic air of simplicity has given her creations a timeless quality that can still be glimpsed at in modern couture.

  • The first biography of the British costume designer Dolly Tree.
  • Based on extensive research in London, Paris and New York over 30 years.
  • Includes over 100 colour and over 500 black and white photographs.
  • Based on extensive research in London, Paris and New York.
  • Colour and black and white images of many of her costume designs.
  • Reproductions of some of her early artwork and costume designs.
  • Photographs of her creations as seen on the stage, in cabaret and on film.
  • A glimpse of life in the 20s and 30s of a very creative woman who forged a career in a man’s world.
  • Insight and detail about nightlife and the entertainment world in London, Paris, New York and Hollywood in the golden age of stage and screen.
  • The deluxe hardback will be in full colour with 400 pages but the paperback will have a reduced page extent and will be mainly black and white with several colour inserts in order to create a more affordable edition.

Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty – Special offer for the Hardback

If you order the hardback directly from me it will cost £70.

You will need to email me and I can send you full details of how to order via a cheque (UK only) or paypal.


There will be an additional charge for UK postage and for overseas orders – although not the full cost (it is a big book to post & deliver).

For UK orders choose from First Class Post (£10.50) or special delivery via DPD (£7.50). A quote can be provided for multiple copies.

For deliveries to USA the best option is Fedex and this will cost £20 (airmail costs £28). Conversion to US$ will be based on exchange rate at the time and will be confirmed at the time of ordering via paypal.

Since the book is print on demand please allow between 7-14 days for printing and then delivery after placing your order.



See the digital sampler for Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty here:


Dolly Tree PR for Edditt Website


Dolly Tree Chronology


Dolly Tree Filmography at Fox and MGM

Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty Book Cover

Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty Book Cover

Title:Dolly Tree: A Dream of Beauty
Published:26 September 2017
Author:Gary Chapman
Format:Hardback £75 A4 ISBN 978-1-909230-25-5
Format: Paperback £30 A4 ISBN 978-1-909230-24-8