Style Crush: Edith Head

Edith Head's "style crush" post is one I've been meaning to write for awhile and a few people have suggested. For Edith Head it's not just about her personal style, although that was also distinctive and likely the inspiration behind Edna Mode in The Incredibles, but rather her impact on celebrity and film fashion. She worked as a costume designer and even if her name is new to you, her designs are not. She won eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design; a few of the films she contributed designs to were Double Indemnity (one of the best film noirs!), Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Rear Window, etc. Of course not every design in those films were by Edith and controversially enough from a modern perspective she received awards and attention for clothing actually made by other designers (like Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina) but the clothing was made in her costume department. Still Edith Head wasn't only a favorite for awards, but also one of the more popular costume designers among actresses because she spent a lot of time with actresses discussing their roles and characters and allowing them to contribute feedback towards the final film wardrobe. I love that collaborative spirit and many of the dresses she designed are among my favorites from film. One of these days I'd love to read one or both of the books she authored; The Dress Doctor or How to Dress for Success which discuss her career and design philosophy.


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