Edith Head is a legendary American costume designer and one of my personal favorite style icons. Head worked on dozens of films and won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design a record-holding eight times.
Think of an actress in an iconic dress from the 1950’s to the early 1960’s and you’re probably thinking of a an outfit styled by Edith Head.
Bette Davis in All About Eve? Edith Head.
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard? Edith Head.
Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday? You guessed it. Edith Head.
Grace Kelly in Rear Window? Edith Head.
Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas? Also, Head.
Anne Baxter in The Ten Commandments? Yep. That’s Edith Head’s work.
Kim Novak in Vertigo? Head, again.
Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Wyman, Jane Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Rita Hayworth – Edith Head dressed them all during her longstanding career and so many more. In addition to her many Academy Award nominations and wins, Head has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was recognized with her own (adorable!) Google doodle in October 2013.
You might not know Edith Head by name, but you definitely know some of her work. And you probably recognize her round glasses, too, thanks to a certain Pixar character. Edith Head’s career spanned six decades and her iconic (and extensive) opus of work will forever be in style.