Caroline Young is the author of Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures, Classic Hollywood Style, Tartan and Tweed and Hitchcock’s Heroines. She has worked as a fashion writer and assistant digital editor at Herald Scotland.
Originally from Edinburgh, where she still lives, Caroline took a Masters degree in journalism in Brisbane, Australia after studying English and film and TV studies at Glasgow University.
Caroline has a strong interest in the history of fashion and the golden age of Hollywood. She extensively researched the period at archives in Los Angeles for both her book Classic Hollywood Style and her blog on costume design. Her latest book is Roman Holiday: The Secret Life of Hollywood in Rome.
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Roman Holiday is the heady tale of Rome during the 1950s and 1960s, when the cafés and nightclubs were filled with movie stars and film directors as Hollywood productions flocked to the city to film at Cinecittá studios. Reinvigorating the city after the darkness of fascism and Nazi occupation during the Second World War, the city now thrived with Fiats and Vespas, newly-christened paparazzi and street cafe culture – and more than a little scandal. In this book, Caroline Young explores the city in its golden age, at a moment when a new era in celebrity journalism gave rise to a new kind of megastar.
Taking in some of Rome’s most famous sights and its most iconic films, the story follows Ava Gardner, Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor as the city became a backdrop to their lives and loves on and off the camera, and the triumvirate of films that marked their journeys. There was Open City, Anna Magnani’s neo-realist masterpiece that embodied the grit and despair of Nazi-occupied Rome, Roman Holiday, which depicted the romance of Rome’s regeneration, and finally La Dolce Vita, a tale of glittering darkness and excess as Rome’s hedonism reached its peak.
From the dark days of the Second World War to the hedonistic hippies in the late 1960s, this evocative narrative captures the essence of Rome – its beauty, its tragedy and its creativity – through the lives of those who helped to recreate it.