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Academy Award Love: Edith Head

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Posted on February 24 2013

Before settling in for the Oscars and the Red Carpet....

The grande dame of Hollywood costume design, Edith Head.

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[on winning her fifth Oscar, 1954] I'm going to take it home and design a dress for it.

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Edith Head's prolific career began in the 1920s as a costume sketch artist for Paramount.  By the 1930s, she was one of the leading costume designers in Hollywood. So much so that Paramount often had to loan her out to other studios per actresses requests. She was nominated for 35 Academy Awards, including every year from 1948 to 1966, and won 8 awards (the most of any woman).

Sabrina, The Roman Holiday, All About Eve, Vertigo, To Catch a Thief are a few (and I mean a few, she designed a total of 1100 films) of the movies she designed.

She was also a popular pick to design the stars' Oscar dresses, including this beautiful dress on Grace Kelly, 1955:

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So there you have it!  Have fun watching the Oscars

 

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