Edith Head – A Creator of Enduring Style

Has everyone seen today’s Googledoodle“?!?! It’s dedicated to (what would be) Edith Head’s 116th birthday!

This looks so amazing!

This looks so amazing!

In case you are not aware of who this incredible lady is/was, she was an Academy Award-winning (EIGHT of them, out of 35 nominations!) costume designer. Her career with Paramount Pictures lasted from the mid-1920s until 1967, when she moved to Universal, where she remained until 1981.

What a woman.

What a woman! See the resemblance?

Over the span of her 60-year career in Hollywood, Head designed for THE most famous stars, including:  Ginger RogersBette DavisSophia LorenBarbara StanwyckShirley MacLaine,Anne BaxterGrace KellyAudrey HepburnElizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood.

Edith Head sketch for Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief (1955)

Edith Head sketch for Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief (1955)

Edith Head Sketch for Elizabeth Taylor

Edith Head sketch for Elizabeth Taylor

Edith Head - Various sketches for unknown actresses

Edith Head – Various sketches for unknown actresses

Edith Head sketch for Shirley MacLaine in What A Way To Go! (1964)

Edith Head sketch for Shirley MacLaine in What A Way To Go! (1964)

She was often requested by certain actresses because of her straighforward approach, and her tendency to consult with them personally regarding the costumes. Her designs tended to be timeless, and not based on trends or fad fashion. This explains her continued work with Alfred Hitchcock, for whom she costumed multiple films.

Costume designer Edith Head, director Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman discuss Bergman´s wardrobe in Notorious

Edith Head (far left), director Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman discuss Bergman´s wardrobe in Notorious

The sketch!

Edith Head sketch for Grace Kelly’s dress in Rear Window (1954)

The dress!

The actual dress!

There are so many blog posts, photos, sketches and so much information, I can’t possibly cover it all, however, I do want to emphasize the importance of a woman (behind the scenes) in Hollywood being one of the most influential fashion/costume designers in the world for over half a century. She was talented, intelligent, attuned to the needs and wants of the actors, and  dedicated to creating beautiful pieces that were flattering and enduring.

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Her style influence even permeated to sewing patterns! (I have this one!)

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I also have this one. *brager*

Are you aware of this incredible lady’s lasting influence on fashion? What is your favorite of her design creations?? Any favorite snarky quotes, sewing patterns or films?

One thought on “Edith Head – A Creator of Enduring Style

  1. I particularly like her ‘ballsiness’ to apply for her job with Paramount using a fellow classmates sketches! Hahaha! Seeing her developed talent..there was no need to do that. She was an incredible designer! Great post Pouf!

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