“This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom–though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well–to discuss stardom and celebrity in general.”

A.L. Knight, CHOICE

This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory – both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies.

Sharon Stone in a Gap Turtleneck

Sharon stone in a gap turtleneck
Rebecca L.Epstein

To be indiscriminate, haphazardly thrown together, trapped in the current “hip” uniform is the affliction of a modern Hollywood in search of its style.

(Patty Fox, Star Style: Hollywood Legends as Fashion Icons, 1995)1

In 1978, Charles Eckert's “The Carole Lombard in Macy's Window” revealed the birth of the interaction among Hollywood, merchandising, and American women's consumer practices. With an especially keen eye toward correlating clothing manufacturing with studios' cinematic and promotional productions, Eckert saw film audiences in the first half of this century, and women in particular, as psychologically manipulated into consumerism through the fantasies of film. The showcasing of products in films and “star endorsement” selling techniques, according to Eckert, both cultivated and ...

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