“Liberace Extravaganza!” (Harper Design) is a worthy companion to the HBO movie that starred Michael Douglas. It’s a coffee table book that documents the life of the showman through extensive pictures of his costumes, props, pianos, etc., while the first half of the text — by Connie Furr Solomon and Jan Jewell — serves as a sort of potted biography.
The second half of the book is devoted to documenting the inspiration and construction of such items as the White Ostrich Cape, the Faberge Costume, the Feather Boa Cape, and the Red, White and Blue “Hot Pants” Costume, all of which are accorded the respect of royal garments newly emerged from Catherine the Great’s wardrobe. Which, on further reflection, is more or less as it should be. The costumes remain flamboyant enough to warm the cockles of Elton John’s heart.
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