Edith Claire Posener, My latest inspiration

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Edith Claire Posener AKA EDITH HEAD


October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981

Life:

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.

VFJ,

Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC

DC/NYC/MI

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About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email crazechameleonstudio@gmail.com

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