Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Edith Head

Edith Head (1897 – 1981) reigns as the ultimate costume designer.

Edith Head believed in the importance of style, famously saying, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”In 1919, Head earned her bachelor of art letters and sciences with a French honor in Berkeley from the University of California.During her time there, she expressed her desire to teach art and subsequently attended evening classes at the Otis Art Institute and Chouinard Art College.In 1924, she landed a job as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures.

Head won eight Academy Awards for costume design, more than any other designer — even though there wasn’t an Oscar category for costume design until 1948, decades into her career.Creating glamorous gowns for Hollywood stars was Head’s specialty, working with all the big names of 1930s through 1960s such as Mae West, Bette Davis, Dorothy Lamour, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn.










She made costumes for historical spectacles, the equivalent of today’s comic-book flicks, where bright colors, big shapes, and sparkle made an impact more than precise historical research and subtle recreations.









Her work was creative, inspirational, and a mark in history for women designers.

More about Edith Head and her creations can be found across the Internet including and





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