Saturday, June 22, 2013

Style Inspiration: Edith Head

Outfit Details- Shirt: h&m (men's), Tie and skirt: Vintage, Belt: Forever 21, Shoes: Ross, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Edith Head is the bomb diggity. In case you don't know, she was one of the most famous costume designers in Hollywood history, having a career that spanned about six decades, from the 20's to the 80's. Her last movie ("Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," 1982) was released shortly after her death. Throughout her career, she received 8 Academy awards for best costume design, and 35 nominations. She claimed to have partook in over 1,000 movies, but as far as I know, there exists no correct list of every movie she ever worked on, but at the end of the book "Edith Head's Hollywood," there is a very long list of as many films as could be accounted for. She dressed such stars as Mae West, Bette Davis, Audry Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, and just about every body else.
I recently read her career-based autobiography, "The Dress Doctor" and the biographical book written after her death using tape-recorded memoirs she made before she died, "Edith Head's Hollywood."
I decided that I had to pay a homage to her with this outfit because the night before, our school theater company announced the positions for next year, and I got Costume Representative, who is "in charge of all costume elements of DPTC productions and costume laison to the costume crew and Theater Manager.  This person also coordinates costume rentals." I'm pretty much the only returning member of costume crew this year, and thus the only person that wanted the job, but it's still pretty exciting for me. This summer I'm going to be working on cleaning up our costume room with the help of some of my friends, and next year I'll have to recruit an all new team of people, as everyone who was in it last year either graduated or would rather be on stage than back stage.
Edith Head wore mainly skirt suits in shades of grey, black, white, or beige, usually with simple white blouses underneath. She said that is was so that when she was dressing someone, she wanted them to look in the mirror and see themselves in the costume, not her. She didn't want to put a woman in a beautiful gown covered in sequins and have her see Edith reflected in each one.
A few pictures of Edith Head:
 Edith Head began her career as a sketch artist, a job she got by borrowing her art students' work, and passing it off as her own. On her first day, when she admitted to knowing nothing about sketching costumes, her employers took her under their wings and taught her.
 Edith almost always wore dark glasses, because she couldn't see without them but hoped that if they were tinted, people might not notice them.
 Most people will notice at some point that Edith Head never smiles in pictures, but only a few exist because when she was younger, her canine teeth never grew in. After being teased for it, she trained herself to only smile tight, close-lipped smiles.
In case you noticed, Edna Mode (from The Incredibles) was most-likely based off of Edith Head. The creator never confirmed nor denied it, but...
I wish you all a glitterific day!

1 comment:

  1. Love Edith Head! She is an awesome female role model