The memories of the man who clothed the stars

The memories of the man who clothed the stars
Orry-Kelly attending to Ava Gardner Picture: Getty

Found in a pillowcase and kept under wraps for half a century, it is an Aladdin’s cave of moments

Around this time of year, with the heady buzz of the Oscars approaching, it becomes abundantly clear that Hollywood and fashion enjoy a magnificent chemistry. It’s a dizzying combustion of glamour, beauty, egos, keeping up appearances and frantic leg-kicking beneath the water’s smooth surface.

Several books have already laid bare the fractious relationship between movie star and designer, but Orry-Kelly’s account of life as a prominent Hollywood costume designer leaves most of them...

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