Edith Head


Costume Designer

About

Also Known As
Edith Posener
Birth Place
San Bernardino, California, USA
Born
October 28, 1897
Died
October 24, 1981
Cause of Death
Myelofibrosis Of The Bone Marrow

Biography

With 35 Academy Award nominations, eight-time Oscar winner Edith Head emerged from Hollywood's fitting rooms to become a household name. One of the film industry's pioneering professional women, she became a major American fashion force, designing for Vogue patterns and airlines as well. Her ability to shape each gown to a character or image made her as popular with film directors as wit...

Family & Companions

Charles Head
Husband
Salesman. Married c. 1923; divorced in 1938.
Wiard Ihnen
Husband
Architect, art director. Married on September 8, 1940; died on June 22, 1979 of bone cancer at the age of 91.

Bibliography

"Edith Head's Hollywood"
Paddy Calistro, Dutton (1983)
"How to Dress for Success"
Edith Head, Random House (1967)
"The Dress Doctor"
Edith Head and Jane Kesner Ardmore, Little, Brown (1959)

Notes

There is a website devoted to the designer at www.edithhead.com

Biography

With 35 Academy Award nominations, eight-time Oscar winner Edith Head emerged from Hollywood's fitting rooms to become a household name. One of the film industry's pioneering professional women, she became a major American fashion force, designing for Vogue patterns and airlines as well. Her ability to shape each gown to a character or image made her as popular with film directors as with the glamour girls she dressed in both their private lives and screen roles. Yet the image she devoted the most work to was her own. Her friendly frankness led to regular appearances on Art Linkletter's daytime television show in the 1950s, offering fashion advice to audiences.

Born in California, Head studied at Stanford and was teaching French in 1923 at the Hollywood School for Girls when she bluffed her way into Paramount's wardrobe department. The workload might have overwhelmed anyone, but this feisty careerist used the volume and pace of designing for a healthy studio system to hone her style. Although she had a penchant for Mexican designs, Head's own appearance was deliberately severe, neutral and unsensuous, with cropped hair and her signature tinted eyeglasses. Yet she could turn other women into screen sirens.

In the 1920s, her designs transformed Clara Bow's squat body into an object of desire. Head then allowed Jean Harlow to display her best assets with an unforgettable bias-cut slip-dress. Head simplified the fin de siecle raunchiness of Mae West and learned to deal with the censors by covering her up--with skin-tight clothes. In the 1930s, when bare midriffs were the rage, Head learned how to get around the cinema censors' horror of the female navel. For the Biblical epic, "Samson and Delilah" (1949), Head created a famous peacock cape for Hedy Lamarr, extravagant even by Head's standards. She made Dorothy Lamour's sexy but wholesome sarong, Barbara Stanwyck's slinky Latin American wardrobe for "The Lady Eve" (1941), Ginger Rogers' increasingly mature "children's" outfits for her masquerade in "The Major and the Minor" (1942), the definitive tailored suit for Marlene Dietrich, the wasp-waisted gowns of Mary Martin, Veronica Lake, Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor, and for Ingrid Bergman men's clothes ("For Whom the Bell Tolls" 1943), a nun's habit ("The Bells of St. Mary's" 1945) and subtle espionage gear ("Notorious" 1946). Her talents were trumpeted by studio publicity departments determined to seize on fashion in films as a way of diverting attention from Paris and making Hollywood the arbiter of taste.

The "look" that stands out in Head's spectrum of styles is best exemplified in her designs for Hitchcock's blondes, particularly Grace Kelly's discreet sexiness, which she adapted for Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood.

In 1967, Head's contract at Paramount expired and was not renewed, despited 44 years of service. She moved her operation to Universal Studios and continued her workaholic pattern until her final film, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), for which she adapted her own original designs for Steve Martin. Another of Head's male sartorial achievements was "The Sting" (1973), which launched one of many Head-inspired trends. In some 750 films through six decades, Head shaped the industry in the shape of its stars.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Oscar (1966)
The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
Dress designer

Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Costume Designer
The Last Married Couple In America (1979)
Costumes
Return Engagement (1978)
Wardrobe
The Big Fix (1978)
Costume Designer
A Matter of Love (1978)
Costume
Airport '77 (1977)
Wardrobe
Sex and the Married Woman (1977)
Costume Designer
Airport '77 (1977)
Costume Designer
Sunshine Christmas (1977)
Costume Designer
The Disappearance of Aimee (1976)
Costume Designer
Family Plot (1976)
Wardrobe
Amelia Earhart (1976)
Costume Designer
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Costume Designer
Airport '75 (1975)
Costumes
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Costumes
The Don Is Dead (1973)
Costumes
The Sting (1973)
Costumes
A Doll's House (1973)
Costume Designer (Jane Fonda)
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
Costumes
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Costume Design
Hammersmith Is Out (1972)
Elizabeth Taylor's Costume
The Screaming Woman (1972)
Costumes
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
Costume Design
Red Sky at Morning (1971)
Costume Design
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Miss Mae West's Costume
Airport (1970)
Costumes
Skullduggery (1970)
Miss Clark's Costume
Story of a Woman (1970)
Costume Design
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Costumes
Winning (1969)
Costume Design
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
Costume Design
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Costumes
Eye of the Cat (1969)
Costumes
Sweet Charity (1969)
Costume Design
The Lost Man (1969)
Costumes
House of Cards (1969)
Costumes
Topaz (1969)
Costumes
In Enemy Country (1968)
Costume Design
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
Costume Design
The Pink Jungle (1968)
Costume Design
Hellfighters (1968)
Costume Design
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
Costume Design
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Costume Design
Warning Shot (1967)
Costumes
The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967)
Costumes
Chuka (1967)
Costume Design
El Dorado (1967)
Costumes
Hotel (1967)
Gowns
Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
Costumes
The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966)
Women's Costume Designer
Paradise--Hawaiian Style (1966)
Costumes
Assault on a Queen (1966)
Miss Lisi's Costume
This Property Is Condemned (1966)
Costume created by
The Oscar (1966)
Gowns
Not With My Wife, You Don't! (1966)
Miss Lisi's Wardrobe Designer
The Swinger (1966)
Costumes
Torn Curtain (1966)
Miss Andrews' Costume
Penelope (1966)
Costume Design
Waco (1966)
Jane russell's Wardrobe
Red Line 7000 (1965)
Costumes
Love Has Many Faces (1965)
Miss Turner's Wardrobe Designer
Sylvia (1965)
Costumes
The Great Race (1965)
Miss Wood's clothes
The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965)
Miss Maclaine's Wardrobe
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Natalie Wood's Wardrobe Designer
Harlow (1965)
Costume Supervisor
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Costumes
Boeing Boeing (1965)
Costume Design
The Slender Thread (1965)
Costumes
The Family Jewels (1965)
Costumes
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Costumes
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)
Miss Maclaine's Wardrobe Designer
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
Costume Design
What a Way To Go! (1964)
Miss Maclaine's gowns Designer
The Patsy (1964)
Costume Design
Marnie (1964)
Miss Hedren's and Miss Baker's Costume Designer
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Costumes
A House Is Not a Home (1964)
Costumes
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Costume Design
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
Costume Design
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
Wardrobe Designer
Roustabout (1964)
Costumes
Critic's Choice (1963)
Costumes
I Could Go On Singing (1963)
Miss Garland's Costume
Love With the Proper Stranger (1963)
Costumes
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963)
Costumes
Fun in Acapulco (1963)
Costumes
A New Kind of Love (1963)
Costumes
Who's Minding the Store? (1963)
Costumes
Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
Costumes
My Six Loves (1963)
Costumes
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Costumes
The Birds (1963)
Miss Hedren's Costume Designer
Hud (1963)
Costumes
Donovan's Reef (1963)
Costumes
Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)
Costumes
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Costume Design
My Geisha (1962)
Costumes
Who's Got the Action? (1962)
Costumes
Too Late Blues (1962)
Costumes
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)
Costumes
A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)
Costumes
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Costumes
Hatari! (1962)
Costumes
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
Costume Design
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Costume Supervisor
Pepe (1961)
Gowns
The Errand Boy (1961)
Costumes
The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
Costumes
Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961)
Costume Supervisor
Man-Trap (1961)
Costumes
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Costumes
Summer and Smoke (1961)
Costumes
All in a Night's Work (1961)
Costumes
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Costumes
The Ladies' Man (1961)
Costumes
On the Double (1961)
Costumes
A Touch of Larceny (1960)
Miss Vera Miles' Costume Designer
The Rat Race (1960)
Costumes
Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
Costumes
Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
Costumes
G.I. Blues (1960)
Costumes
CinderFella (1960)
Costumes
The Facts of Life (1960)
Miss Ball's Wardrobe
The Jayhawkers! (1959)
Costumes
The Black Orchid (1959)
Costumes
Alias Jesse James (1959)
Costumes
The Buccaneer (1959)
Costumes
The Hangman (1959)
Costumes
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Costumes
Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)
Costumes
But Not for Me (1959)
Costumes
The Five Pennies (1959)
Costumes
That Kind of Woman (1959)
Costumes
The Trap (1959)
Costumes
Career (1959)
Costumes
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Costumes
The Party Crashers (1958)
Costumes
St. Louis Blues (1958)
Costumes
Hot Spell (1958)
Costumes
Wild Is the Wind (1958)
Costumes
The Matchmaker (1958)
Costumes
Maracaibo (1958)
Costumes
King Creole (1958)
Costumes
Vertigo (1958)
Costumes
The Geisha Boy (1958)
Costumes
Separate Tables (1958)
Miss Hayworth's gowns
Teacher's Pet (1958)
Costumes
As Young as We Are (1958)
Costumes
Houseboat (1958)
Costumes
Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
Costumes
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Costumes
Three Violent People (1957)
Costumes
The Devil's Hairpin (1957)
Costumes
Loving You (1957)
Costumes
Funny Face (1957)
Costumes
The Sad Sack (1957)
Costumes
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Miss Dietrich's Costume
Hear Me Good (1957)
Costumes
The Joker Is Wild (1957)
Costumes
The Buster Keaton Story (1957)
Costumes
Beau James (1957)
Costumes
The Delicate Delinquent (1957)
Costumes
Short Cut to Hell (1957)
Costumes
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Costumes
The Tin Star (1957)
Costumes
That Certain Feeling (1956)
Costumes
The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)
Costumes
The Rainmaker (1956)
Costumes
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
Costumes
The Scarlet Hour (1956)
Costumes
Pardners (1956)
Costumes
Anything Goes (1956)
Costumes
The Leather Saint (1956)
Costumes
The Proud and Profane (1956)
Costumes
Artists and Models (1956)
Costumes
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Costumes
The Birds and the Bees (1956)
Costumes
The Come On (1956)
Miss Baxter's gowns Designer
The Mountain (1956)
Costumes
The Court Jester (1956)
Costumes
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Costumes
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Costumes
Hell's Island (1955)
Costumes
Run for Cover (1955)
Costumes
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955)
Costumes
The Country Girl (1955)
Costumes
3 Ring Circus (1955)
Costumes
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Costumes
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Costumes
Lucy Gallant (1955)
Costumes
The Seven Little Foys (1955)
Costumes
The Girl Rush (1955)
Costumes
You're Never Too Young (1955)
Costumes
The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Costumes
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Costumes
The Far Horizons (1955)
Costumes
Living It Up (1954)
Gowns
Rear Window (1954)
Costumes
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Costumes
About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
Costumes
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
Women's Costume
Elephant Walk (1954)
Costumes
Forever Female (1954)
Costumes
Money from Home (1954)
Costumes
White Christmas (1954)
Costumes
Red Garters (1954)
Women's Costume
Knock on Wood (1954)
Costumes
Sabrina (1954)
Costume Supervisor
Alaska Seas (1954)
Costumes
Jivaro (1954)
Costumes
Secret of the Incas (1954)
Costumes
Roman Holiday (1953)
Costumes
Sangaree (1953)
Costumes
Those Redheads from Seattle (1953)
Costumes
Shane (1953)
Costumes
The Stars Are Singing (1953)
Costumes
The Caddy (1953)
Costumes
Road to Bali (1953)
Costumes
Scared Stiff (1953)
Costumes
Houdini (1953)
Costumes
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Costumes
Pony Express (1953)
Costumes
Jamaica Run (1953)
Costumes
Come Back, Little Sheba (1953)
Costumes
The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953)
Costumes
Thunder in the East (1953)
Costumes
Tropic Zone (1953)
Costume for Miss Fleming
The Vanquished (1953)
Costumes
The Stooge (1953)
Costumes
Arrowhead (1953)
Costumes
Here Come the Girls (1953)
Costumes
Off Limits (1953)
Costumes
Stolen Face (1952)
Lizabeth Scott's Wardrobe
The Savage (1952)
Costumes
My Son John (1952)
Costumes
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Costumes
Something to Live For (1952)
Costumes
Hong Kong (1952)
Costume for Miss Fleming
Hurricane Smith (1952)
Costumes
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952)
Costumes
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Costumes
Just for You (1952)
Women's clothes
Son of Paleface (1952)
Costumes
The Turning Point (1952)
Costumes
Somebody Loves Me (1952)
Costumes
Carrie (1952)
Costumes
Sailor Beware (1952)
Costumes
Caribbean (1952)
Costume for Miss Dahl
The Atomic City (1952)
Costumes
Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Costumes
Anything Can Happen (1952)
Costumes
The Last Outpost (1951)
Costume for Miss Fleming
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Costumes
September Affair (1951)
Costumes
Peking Express (1951)
Costumes
Darling, How Could You! (1951)
Costumes
That's My Boy (1951)
Costumes
Silver City (1951)
Costumes
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
Costumes
Submarine Command (1951)
Costumes
Detective Story (1951)
Costumes
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Costumes
My Favorite Spy (1951)
Costumes
Rhubarb (1951)
Costumes
Crosswinds (1951)
Costume for Miss Fleming
Payment on Demand (1951)
Bette Davis' gowns by
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Costumes
Here Comes the Groom (1951)
Costumes
Branded (1951)
Costumes
Mr. Music (1950)
Gowns
The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
Costumes
The Furies (1950)
Costumes
Dark City (1950)
Costumes
Paid in Full (1950)
Costumes
Samson and Delilah (1950)
Costumes
My Foolish Heart (1950)
Miss Hayward's gowns Designer by
Let's Dance (1950)
Gowns
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Costumes
Riding High (1950)
Costumes
Copper Canyon (1950)
Women's Costume
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
Costumes
No Man of Her Own (1950)
Costumes
All About Eve (1950)
Costume for Miss Bette Davis Designer by
The Heiress (1949)
Costumes
Manhandled (1949)
Costume for Miss Lamour
My Friend Irma (1949)
Costumes
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Costumes
Red, Hot and Blue (1949)
Costumes
Rope of Sand (1949)
Costumes
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Miss Davis' Wardrobe
The Great Lover (1949)
Costumes
My Own True Love (1949)
Costumes
The Accused (1949)
Costumes
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
Costumes
Saigon (1948)
Costumes
Isn't It Romantic (1948)
Costumes
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Costumes
So Evil My Love (1948)
Gowns for Miss Todd and Miss Fitzgerald by
Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Miss Young's Costume by
Arch of Triumph (1948)
Costume for Miss Bergman Designer by
Dream Girl (1948)
Costumes
I Walk Alone (1948)
Costumes
The Sainted Sisters (1948)
Costumes
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Costumes
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Costumes
June Bride (1948)
Bette Davis' Wardrobe by
Beyond Glory (1948)
Costumes
The Big Clock (1948)
Costumes
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)
Costumes
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Miss Loretta Young's Costume Designer by
The Perils of Pauline (1947)
Gowns
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Miss Stanwyck's gowns by
Road to Rio (1947)
Costumes
Cry Wolf (1947)
Miss Stanwyck's Wardrobe
California (1947)
Women's Costume
The Perfect Marriage (1947)
Costumes
Blaze of Noon (1947)
Costumes
Where There's Life (1947)
Costumes
Wild Harvest (1947)
Costumes
The Other Love (1947)
Costume for Miss Stanwyck Designer by
Cross My Heart (1947)
Costumes
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Costumes
Dear Ruth (1947)
Costumes
The Trouble with Women (1947)
Costumes
Variety Girl (1947)
Star's gowns
Welcome Stranger (1947)
Costumes
Desert Fury (1947)
Costumes
Ramrod (1947)
Costume for Miss Lake and Miss Whelen Designer by
Blue Skies (1946)
Gowns
To Each His Own (1946)
Costumes
The Virginian (1946)
Costumes
Notorious (1946)
Miss Ingrid Bergman's gowns by
Masquerade in Mexico (1946)
Costumes
My Reputation (1946)
Barbara Stanwyck's gowns by
The Well Groomed Bride (1946)
Costumes
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Costumes
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Costumes
The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
Costumes
Miss Susie Slagle's (1946)
Veronica Lake's Costume by
Road to Utopia (1946)
Costumes
Out of This World (1945)
Costumes
The Stork Club (1945)
Costumes
Love Letters (1945)
Costumes
A Medal for Benny (1945)
Costumes
Duffy's Tavern (1945)
Miss Lamour's and Miss Hutton's gowns
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Miss Stanwyck's gowns
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Costumes
You Came Along (1945)
Costumes
The Affairs of Susan (1945)
Costumes
Bring on the Girls (1945)
Modern gowns
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Designer of the costs
Hold That Blonde (1945)
Costumes
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
Costumes
Lady in the Dark (1944)
Modern gowns
Tender Comrade (1944)
Miss Rogers' Costume Designer by
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
Costumes
Going My Way (1944)
Costumes
Double Indemnity (1944)
Costumes
And the Angels Sing (1944)
Costumes
The Uninvited (1944)
Costumes
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
Costumes
Rainbow Island (1944)
Costumes
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944)
Costumes
Standing Room Only (1944)
Costumes
And Now Tomorrow (1944)
Costumes
Ministry of Fear (1944)
Costumes
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
Miss Rogers' costs
I Love a Soldier (1944)
Costumes
Here Come the Waves (1944)
Non-military Costume
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Costumes
The Great Moment (1944)
Costumes
China (1943)
Gowns
The Crystal Ball (1943)
Gowns
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Costumes
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Miss Stanwyck's gowns
Riding High (1943)
Costumes
Salute for Three (1943)
Costumes
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Costumes
They Got Me Covered (1943)
Miss Lamour's Costume
Hostages (1943)
Costumes
Lady of Burlesque (1943)
The Costume for Dixie
Let's Face It (1943)
Costumes
No Time for Love (1943)
Gowns
Young and Willing (1943)
Costumes
I Married a Witch (1942)
Costumes
Road to Morocco (1942)
Costumes
The Fleet's In (1942)
Costumes
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Miss Lake's gowns by
Holiday Inn (1942)
Gowns
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942)
Costumes
Sullivan's Travels (1942)
Costumes
The Lady Has Plans (1942)
Costumes
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Costumes
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
Costumes
Ball of Fire (1942)
Miss Stanwyck's Costume
Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942)
Costumes
The Gay Sisters (1942)
Miss Stanwyck's gowns
The Glass Key (1942)
Costumes
The Remarkable Andrew (1942)
Gowns
My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Costumes
Lucky Jordan (1942)
Gowns by
Virginia (1941)
Costumes
You Belong to Me (1941)
Gowns
Life with Henry (1941)
Costumes
Caught in the Draft (1941)
Costumes
Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
Gowns
The Mad Doctor (1941)
Costumes
There's Magic in Music (1941)
Costumes
New York Town (1941)
Costumes
Road to Zanzibar (1941)
Costumes
You're the One (1941)
Costumes
The Lady Eve (1941)
Costumes
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
Costumes
West Point Widow (1941)
Costumes
Glamour Boy (1941)
Costumes
Bahama Passage (1941)
Costumes
Birth of the Blues (1941)
Costumes
One Night in Lisbon (1941)
Costumes
Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1941)
Costumes
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Gowns
Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
Costumes
Safari (1940)
Costumes
I Want a Divorce (1940)
Costumes
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
Costumes
The Great McGinty (1940)
Costumes
Typhoon (1940)
Costumes
Remember the Night (1940)
Costumes
Road to Singapore (1940)
Costumes
Untamed (1940)
Miss Morison's Costume
Rhythm on the River (1940)
Costumes
Moon over Burma (1940)
Costumes
Adventure in Diamonds (1940)
Costumes
Dancing on a Dime (1940)
Costumes
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Costumes
Mystery Sea Raider (1940)
Costumes
The Farmer's Daughter (1940)
Costumes
Love Thy Neighbor (1940)
Costumes
Man About Town (1939)
Costumes
Disbarred (1939)
Costumes
Man of Conquest (1939)
Gowns
Honeymoon in Bali (1939)
Costumes
Hotel Imperial (1939)
Miss Miranda's Costume
The Great Victor Herbert (1939)
Costumes
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Costumes
Never Say Die (1939)
Costumes
The Star Maker (1939)
Costumes
The Magnificent Fraud (1939)
Costumes
The Night of Nights (1939)
Costumes
Beau Geste (1939)
Costumes
Zaza (1939)
Wardrobe
Saint Louis Blues (1939)
Costumes
Cafe Society (1939)
Costumes
Disputed Passage (1939)
Costumes
Invitation to Happiness (1939)
Costumes
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
Costumes
Paris Honeymoon (1939)
Costumes
King of Chinatown (1939)
Costumes
Men with Wings (1938)
Costumes
The Texans (1938)
Costumes
Thanks for the Memory (1938)
Costumes
The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
Costumes
Thrill of a Lifetime (1938)
Costumes
Give Me a Sailor (1938)
Costumes
Her Jungle Love (1938)
Costumes
Tropic Holiday (1938)
Costumes
Cocoanut Grove (1938)
Costumes
Mad About Music (1938)
Miss Patrick's gowns
Artists and Models Abroad (1938)
Prod gowns by
If I Were King (1938)
Costumes
College Swing (1938)
Costumes
Dangerous to Know (1938)
Costumes
John Meade's Woman (1937)
Costumes
Double or Nothing (1937)
Costumes
Sophie Lang Goes West (1937)
Costumes
Waikiki Wedding (1937)
Costumes
Wells Fargo (1937)
Costumes
Turn Off the Moon (1937)
Costumes
Exclusive (1937)
Costumes
This Way Please (1937)
Costumes
Her Husband Lies (1937)
Costumes
Blossoms on Broadway (1937)
Costumes
Ebb Tide (1937)
Costumes
Souls at Sea (1937)
Costumes
Murder with Pictures (1936)
Costume Designer by
The Return of Sophie Lang (1936)
Costumes
Three Married Men (1936)
Costumes
Rhythm on the Range (1936)
Costume Designer by
Till We Meet Again (1936)
Costume Designer by
The Texas Rangers (1936)
Costumes
College Holiday (1936)
Costume Design
Early to Bed (1936)
Costumes
Poppy (1936)
Costume Design
Two Fisted (1935)
Gail Patrick's gowns Designer by
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Costumes

Cast (Short)

Penelope Featurette (1966)
Herself
The Costume Designer (1950)
Herself

Costume-Wardrobe (TV Mini-Series)

Women in White (1979)
Costume Designer
Little Women (1978)
Costume Designer
Divorce His/Divorce Hers (1973)
Costumes

Life Events

1923

Bluffed her way into the Paramount wardrobe department

1938

Became head of Paramount's costume design department

1967

Moved to Universal after her contract expired and was not renewed at Paramount

1982

Final feature credit, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"

Videos

Movie Clip

All About Eve (1950) - Fasten Your Seat Belts Friend Karen (Celeste Holm), her playwright husband (Hugh Marlowe) and producer Max (Gregory Ratoff) stand back as actress-hostess Margo (Bette Davis) delivers her famous line in All About Eve, 1950, then joins critic DeWitt (George Sanders), Marilyn Monroe on his arm, and protegè Eve (Anne Baxter).
Carpetbaggers, The (1964) - The Best Torture 1925 Nevada, widow Rina (Carroll Baker) with her ex, playboy heir Jonas (George Peppard), whom she dropped for his rich industrialist father who has suddenly died, talking settlement and sex with remarkable explicit language from the steamy Harold Robbins novel, lacking only modern profanity, in The Carpetbaggers, 1964.
Yellow Rolls Royce, The (1964) - You Should Refuse Me More Brit nobleman Charles (Rex Harrison) returns home (exteriors of the famous Cliveden house) for a weekend of socializing and horses to wife Eloise (Jeanne Moreau), in the first episode from The Yellow Rolls Royce, 1964, directed by Anthony Asquith.
Critic's Choice (1963) - He's Murdering The Play Opening from director Don Weis, Marilyn Maxwell on the Broadway stage, then we meet principals, Bob Hope (as critic Parker) and wife Lucille Ball, encountering John Dehner and Evan McCord, then at the newsroom Jerome Cowan and Richard Deacon, in Critic’s Choice, 1963, from the play loosely based on the real-life couple Walter and Jean Kerr.
Sabrina (1954) - I Almost Flunked My Hollandaise Chauffeur Fairchild (John Williams) reads a letter from his daughter (Audrey Hepburn, title character), sent to cooking school in France to separate her from carefree heir David (William Holden), then drives the responsible brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart), in Sabrina, 1954.
Place In The Sun, A (1951) -- It's More Like Social Work The prosperous Eastmans (Herbert Heyes, Kathryn Givney and kids Keefe Brasselle, Lois Chartrand), who own a factory in fictional Carthage, receive poor relation George (Montgomery Clift), before all are swept away by Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor) early in George Stevens’ A Place In The Sun, 1951.
Court Jester, The (1956) - We Must Be Discreet Both unaware that he's been hypnotized to behave like a romancing swashbuckler, palace infiltrator Hawkins (Danny Kaye) swoops in on the welcoming princess Gwendolyn (Angela Lansbury), who unknowingly breaks the spell, in The Court Jester, 1956.
Great Race, The (1965) - That Crazy Female New York 1908, Professor Fate and Max (Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk) causing mischief, Leslie and driver Hezekiah (Tony Curtis) being admired, spunky reporter Maggie (Natalie Wood) showing up after all, as the contest begins, in Blake Edwards' The Great Race, 1965.

Trailer

Lost Weekend, The - (Original Trailer) Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Actor, Director and Screenplay went to this groundbreaking study of alcoholism.
Separate Tables - (Original Trailer) Producer (and co-star) Burt Lancaster himself pitches Separate Tables, 1958, featuring Academy Award winners David Niven and Wendy Hiller.
Pocketful Of Miracles (1961) -- (Original Trailer) Bette Davis plays Apple Annie in Frank Capra's last movie, Pocketful Of Miracles (1961).
Blue Hawaii - (Original Trailer) A playboy (Elvis Presley) returns from the Army to the shores of Blue Hawaii (1961). Co-starring Angela Lansbury.
Witness For The Prosecution - (Original Trailer) A British barrister gets caught up in a couple's tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder in Witness for the Prosecution (1957).
Houseboat - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant is a widower who hires runaway socialite Sophia Loren to look after his children on his rickety Houseboat (1958).
This Property Is Condemned - (Original Trailer) A small-town girl (Natalie Wood) fights her mother's opposition when she falls for a big-city businessman (Robert Redford) in This Property Is Condemned (1966).
Remember the Night -- (Original Trailer) Assistant D.A. Fred MacMurray takes shoplifter Barbara Stanwyck home for Christmas in Remember the Night (1940).
Sweet Charity - (Original Trailer) A taxi dancer (Shirley MacLaine) is unlucky in love in Bob Fosse's musical Sweet Charity(1969).
Caddy, The - (Original Trailer) Jerry Lewis hits the links while Dean Martin sings "That's Amore" in the comedy hit The Caddy (1953).
Uninvited, The - (Original Trailer) Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey are siblings who discover their new house is visited by The Uninvited (1944), one of the first, and best, serious ghost stories from Hollywood.
Give Me A Sailor - (Original Trailer) A series of romantic complications ensue between two brothers in the U.S. Navy and two sisters in Give Me a Sailor (1938) starring Bob Hope and Martha Raye.

Family

Max Posener
Father
Merchant.
Anna Levy
Mother

Companions

Charles Head
Husband
Salesman. Married c. 1923; divorced in 1938.
Wiard Ihnen
Husband
Architect, art director. Married on September 8, 1940; died on June 22, 1979 of bone cancer at the age of 91.

Bibliography

"Edith Head's Hollywood"
Paddy Calistro, Dutton (1983)
"How to Dress for Success"
Edith Head, Random House (1967)
"The Dress Doctor"
Edith Head and Jane Kesner Ardmore, Little, Brown (1959)

Notes

There is a website devoted to the designer at www.edithhead.com