Edith Claire Posener AKA EDITH HEAD
October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981
Born in San Bernardino, California
Held a master’s degree in French from Stanford University and taught French at the Hollywood School for Girls
Had no training as a designer and was originally hired as a sketch artist for Paramount. (I ALSO HAVE NO FORMAL TRAINING, JUST AN EYE)
Became Head Designer at Paramount after 15 years of working under Howard Greer and Travis Banton and stayed with the studio for 30 years.
After her contract was not renewed with Paramount, Head worked with Universal Studio until the end of her life.
Head was sometimes loaned to other studios per the requests of their big stars. ( CCS ALSO LOANS GARMENTS TO OTHER STYLISTS & SPONSORS FASHION SHOWS, TOO)
- Holds the honor of being the woman with the most Academy Awards with eight. She was also nominated 35 times
- Head was Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite designer and is responsible for creating the image of the “Hitchcock Blonde”
- Head worked on over 1,000 films in her life
- Though most well known for her designs for women, Head actually preferred to dress men because they were easier to deal with.
- Sarong dress from The Hurricane movie
- The “Hitchcok Blonde” look of the 1950s and 60s
- Women’s uniforms for the U.S.Coast Guard
- Audrey Hepburn
- Bette Davis
- Barbara Stanwyck
- Grace Kelly
- Elizabeth Taylor
- Veronica Lake
- Mae West
- Clara Bow
- Marlene Dietrich
- Jean Harlow
Along side Ms. Head I want to be a notable costume designer in my career.
1955 – Black and White – Sabrina – won
- Although Edith Head won an Oscar for Best Costumes, most of Audrey Hepburn‘s “Parisian” ensembles were, in fact, designed by Hubert de Givenchy and chosen by the star herself. However, since the costumes were actually made in Edith Head’s Paramount Studios costume department, some felt that doing so created enough of a technicality to nominate Edith, instead of Monsieur Givenchy. Edith Head refused to be shown alongside Givenchy in the credits, so she was given credit for the costumes, even though the Academy’s votes were obviously for Hepburn’s attire. Edith Head did not refuse the Oscar, however.
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