The Sketch Artist: 18 Classic Film Costume Designs by Edith Head

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The Sketch Artist: 18 Classic Film Costume Designs by Edith Head

What do Sabrina, Holly Golightly and Princess Ann have in common, other than Audrey Hepburn? What do The Birds, Rear Window and Vertigo have in common, other than Alfred Hitchcock?

The answer: incredible looks designed by Edith Head.

Born in 1897 in San Bernardino, Calif., Edith Head believed in the importance of style, famously saying, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” And her career is a testament to that philosophy. Never formally trained as an artist, Head went from being a French schoolteacher to designing movie costumes. She worked with Hollywood’s biggest icons—Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Liz Taylor, to name a few—and helped make them the icons they became. Alfred Hitchcock collaborated with her consistently, and many other great directors sought her out. Her designs were integral to the movies she worked on, procuring her 35 Academy Award nominations and eight Academy Award wins.

For some of her incredible sketches and creations, visit the gallery. To hear more on design in her own words, check out her book, How to Dress for Success.