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Edith Head (1897-1981) is America’s best-known and most successful Hollywood designer. A winner of eight Academy Awards for Costume Design, Head defined the style of classic Hollywood with her striking work at Paramount and Universal studios.

She dressed some of Hollywood’s most beautiful movie stars, including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Lana Turner and Marlene Dietrich. Her work, however, was not limited to women. She designed wardrobes for such dashing leading men as Cary Grant, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, to name a few.

Actress Joan Crawford (right) with Edith Head on her first one-woman exhibit at the Wright/Hepburn/Webster Gallery in New York in 1969.

Head’s gown designs for Ingrid Berman in the 1946 suspense classic, Notorious, was her first collaboration with director Alfred Hitchcock, a partnership that lasted for eight movies.

All told, Head designed costumes for about 500 films and was nominated thirty-five times for an Academy Award. She also became a recognizable personality in her own right thanks to her distinctive personal style including her signature glasses and blunt personality, which inspired the character of Edna Mode in the Pixar animated hit, The Incredibles.

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