Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer

By Jay Jorgensen

All approximately Eve. humorous Face. sundown Blvd. Rear Window. Sabrina. a spot within the sunlight. the 10 Commandments. ratings of iconic motion pictures of the final century had something in universal: gown fashion designer Edith Head (1897–1981). She racked up an exceptional 35 Oscar nods and four hundred movie credit over the process a fifty-year career.

Never sooner than has the account of Hollywood’s so much influential fashion designer been so completely revealed—because by no means prior to have the Edith Head files of the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences been tapped. This exceptional entry permits this booklet to be a extraordinary survey, bringing jointly a amazing number of infrequent and never-before-seen sketches, gown try out pictures, behind-the- scenes pictures, and ephemera.

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Opposed to the muted grays and blues of a brand new York rooftop, Edith selected contrasting yet potent shades for the track There’s received to Be whatever larger than this. MacLaine wore a crimson costume trimmed in pink sequins, Rivera wore yellow accented with yellow sequins and orange feathers, and Kelly wore lilac with a surprising red flower and yellow bracelets. The characters are thus far faraway from the style international, that even if they fantasize of the higher existence to which they'll break out, Rivera sings that she’ll be donning a “copy of a replica of a duplicate of Dior. ” Edith was once nominated for an Oscar for most sensible gown layout for candy Charity, yet misplaced to Margaret Furse for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). Topaz (1969) was once one other of Hitchcock’s secret agent thrillers set opposed to a world historical past. The creation appeared doomed from the beginning. common executives compelled the motion picture on Hitchcock, and he later stated it used to be certainly one of his unhappiest directing jobs. Hitchcock assembled a solid of revered foreign actors, yet with out standout stars. This time Hitchcock extensively utilized colours corresponding to crimson, yellow and white because the plot was once printed. It was once an test Hitchcock finally felt used to be now not profitable. The movie did, even though, create a tie-in with a producer for Edith to layout ready-to-wear garments. the corporate Trevira, which owned the label The Trevira period, commissioned Edith to layout a set known as The Topaz glance. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance child (1969) starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katharine Ross, positioned Edith again at the map with a high-quality hit with the general public. although a few critics weren't thoroughly drawing close of their compliment, it used to be the head grossing movie of 1969. Paul Newman and Steve McQueen have been initially slated to celebrity within the movie, however the actors couldn’t achieve an contract on billing. The movie was once loosely in line with the lives of financial institution robbers Butch Cassidy and his accomplice The Sundance child, and their crime spree within the usa and Bolivia. Edith was once loaned to Twentieth-Century Fox for the creation. The dresser for Newman and Redford used to be pulled out of inventory at common and Western gown corporation. Edith’s interval outfits for Ross incorporated a bunch of day fits, a night dress of cascading ribbons down the shoulders and a go well with to be worn in a sepia-toned picture montage. essentially the most indelible photos of the movie had Ross in a cotton print costume with small vegetation, driving at the entrance of Paul Newman’s bicycle to the music of Raindrops retain Fallin’ on my Head, fantastically photographed by way of Conrad corridor. With fewer motion pictures to layout, Edith started expanding the variety of model exhibits that have been staged via her and her pal and company companion, June Van Dyke. On journey, neighborhood types in every one urban have been forged, and Edith might trainer every one version in acting within the character of the big name whose dress they have been donning. lengthy ahead of the times of domestic video, such a lot viewers contributors couldn’t consider what each one megastar wore in every one scene of a movie, and Edith paraded a bevy of attire down the runway whose attributions have been occasionally a little bit erroneous or thoroughly made up.

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