P.S.-Pooh Says...

"What day is it? - 'It's today' - squeaked Piglet. 'My favourite day' - said Pooh."- A.A. Milne

26 December 2009

Dressing Hollywood-The Screen Style of Edith Head

What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he's become a different person---Edith Head

I have a passion for classic film. I have lost count of the number of times I have watched Roman Holiday, To Catch a Thief, Charade, It Happened One Night, His Girl Friday..What makes a film a Classic is that it stands up to time- still witty, smart, stylish...and always a treat to watch.

One of the reasons that I have forever been in love with movies from the 30s,40s, 50s... is not only the great actors and directors and scripts, but also because of the clothes!!-the clothes that defined memorable moments in a film---can you ever forget Grace Kelly decked in diamonds and chiffon leaning into Cary Grant and asking "Ever have a better offer in your whole life?" Most of those clothes were designed by the legendary Edith Head.

Gowns by Edith Head" was perhaps the most common film credit to appear on any film roll...

Edith Head was nominated 35 times and won 8 Academy Awards. This week, December 26-January 3 The MFA Film Series celebrates the sketches and designs of Edith Head that became integral to screen history. Her years working at Paramount resulted in the most memorable moments on film- all dressed by Edith Head. Come Visit Applause!

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You can lead a horse to water and you can even make it drink, but you can't make actresses wear what they don't want to wear---Edith Head