8 oscar gold statues and the opposite career of movie costume designer edith head

8 oscar gold statues and the opposite career of movie costume designer edith head

Dubbed the most successful costume designer in Hollywood’s golden age, Edith Head brought the fantasy world to life on the silver screen. She left behind masterpieces that will forever inspire fashionistas.

8 oscar gold statues and the opposite career of movie costume designer edith head

Designing movie costumes has never been easy because the outfits must match the shooting angle, film color, and overall aesthetics. Take, for example, designers Jennifer Johnson and Blonde, when she had to experiment for hours to create the exaggerated effect of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress so that it was impressive enough on screen.

Understanding this, the fans admire and are nostalgic about Edith Head – the woman with the most gold statues in Oscar history. She is also the model of the character Edna “E” Mode – the designer of the heroes in the Disney animated film Incredibles.

The great designer of the 19th century was a “pagan” of the fashion village because she came from a bachelor’s degree in literature, and spent the first years of her career teaching French. Edith Head got into fashion when she became a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures. Although she was an inexperienced designer, she was still entrusted with creating silent films, starting with The Wanderer in 1925.

With his innate sensitivity and talent and sophistication, the French teacher successfully turned his direction completely into the design. Edith Head is a familiar name of the Academy when creating extremely new, unique, and different patterns from the trend at the time, such as Dorothy Lamour’s sarong dress, and Ginger Rogers’ sequin dress.

A remarkable thing when she was in charge of the costumes for A Place In The Sun is that the entire design was completed a year before the film’s premiere, but they are not out of fashion, on the contrary, create a trend. , especially the series of gorgeous evening dresses that Elizabeth Taylor wore.

Edith Head is legendary with a total of 35 nominations and 8 Academy Awards for Best Costume Design for The Heiress (1949), Samson and Delilah (1950), All About Eve (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), Roman Holiday (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Facts of Life (1960), The Sting (1973). When the filmmakers “shake hands” with this “dress doctor”, that movie certainly won the hearts of the fans.

The late designer always understood how to convey the message of the film through the costumes. Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday always appears in elegant and light outfits: lace-up flats, and scarves with fun plaid patterns – true to the purpose of creating the positive emotions of a movie. romantic comedy. Or Elizabeth Taylor in A Place In The Sun is also a clearer embodiment of a character that the male lead pursues but can never reach, through long dresses with delicate lace details, depicting Taylor. into a picture of distant perfection.

Every time Edith Head’s outfit hits the screen, it’s a shining moment of contemporary fashion. Typical among them is definitely the luxurious party dress of actress Mae West in the movie She Done Him Wrong. Edith Head’s work became a “craze” in France in 1933 with a tight metallic party dress that accentuated every female curve.

After the success of She Done Him Wrong, not only was the Paramount studio “reviving” but Mae West also became Hollywood’s highest-paid actress and was recognized worldwide that “results come from Edith Head’s gorgeous dresses.”

It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of evening gowns “following” Edith’s designs, which were “launched” in 1951 with A Place In The Sun. Edith Head has a strong influence on the style of women on both continents: “Paris is willing to admit for the first time that they are copying her style from Hollywood.”

Not only having an influence on the fashion village during the peak of his career, but the late designer also left an echo in the collections born after decades. Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2005 ready-to-wear collection, inspired by Tippi Hedren in The Birds, is just one of many examples of fashion inspiration Edith Head has passed on to other designers.

It can be seen that more than 40 years after the birth of The Birds in 1963, the costumes from Edith Head’s hands and brain are still fashionable enough for the “juniors” to continue to exploit and use as a bright foundation. create.

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