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Edith Head

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She actually is the first girl to have won eight Academy Honours for her outfit designs. She gained her B.A. from Stanford School, where she examined Romance Languages. During the period of her profession, she was nominated for 35 Academy Honours. She was wedded to her initial hubby, Wiard Ihnen, until his loss of life in 1979. She proved helpful straight under Alfred Hitchcock while at General Pictures.

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Full Name Edith Head
Date Of Birth October 28, 1899
Died October 24, 1981, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth San Bernardino, CA
Height 1.56 m
Profession Fashion Designer
Education Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, Chouinard Art Institute
Nationality American
Spouse Wiard Ihnen, Charles Head
Parents Anna E. Levy, Max Posener
Awards Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Movies The Oscar, The Pleasure of His Company, Lucy Gallant
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1 Was in shock when she didn't win the Oscar for "The Emperor Waltz" ("Joan of Arc" was the winner); sat through the remainder of the ceremonies 'in a state of stupor'.
2 Amassed 500 costume credits over her long career.
3 An Edith Head costume exhibition was displayed at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in 2014.
4 On October 28, 2013 - which would have been her 116th birthday - Google's homepage was a tribute to her.
5 The project she was most proud of was in the late 1970s when she designed a woman's uniform for the United States Coast Guard, in response to growing number of women in the service. She received the Meritorious Public Service Award for her efforts.
6 Raised in the mining town of Searchlight, Nevada. Studied at the University of California, Berkeley. Attended the Otis Art Institute and the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles.
7 Her first job was as a teacher of French, Spanish and Art at the Bishop School for Girls at La Jolla, California. She got into films by answering a wanted ad as a sketch artist for Paramount. Edith worked there in that capacity under Howard Greer from 1924 to 1927. In 1928 she was promoted assistant to Travis Banton. From 1938 to 1966, she held the top job as Head of Design at Paramount, contributing in one way or another to over 1,000 motion pictures (supervising costumes for 47 films in 1940 alone).
8 She is credited with putting Dorothy Lamour in her first sarong for "The Jungle Princess".
9 Alumnae Initiate of Delta Zeta sorority, Mu chapter.
10 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 376-378. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
11 She is tied with composer Alan Menken for third most Academy Awards won. Each of them have eight.
12 Her trademark "sunglasses" were not "sunglasses" but rather blue lensed glasses. Looking through a blue glass was a common trick of costumers in the days of Black and White film to get a sense of how a color would photograph. Edith had a pair of glasses made out of the proper shade of blue glass to save herself from looking through a single lens. Her friends commonly would see her in regular "clear" glasses.
13 Extremely diplomatic, she went out of her way to get along with co-workers and rarely gossiped. In later interviews, however, she mentioned that she did not enjoy working with Mary Martin, Claudette Colbert or Hedy Lamarr. In Paulette Goddard's case, she thought it was insensitive for the glamorous star to bring her bulging jewelry boxes to the studio workroom and tell her seamstresses (who were working for minimum wage) that they could "look, but not touch.".
14 The character "Edna Mode" in Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles (2004) was modeled on her.
15 The Costume Department building on the Paramount lot is named after her.
16 Received a master's degree in French from Stanford University in 1920
17 A photograph of Miss Head working on a dress design appears on one stamp of a sheet of 10 USA 37¢ commemorative postage stamps, issued 25 February 2003, celebrating American Filmmaking: Behind the Scenes. The stamp honors costume design.
18 Was a close friend of actress Anne Baxter. She was godmother to one of Baxter's children.
19 On They Might Be Giants' 2001 album, "Mink Car", there is a song called "She Thinks She's Edith Head".
20 During the 1920s, she taught French and art at the Hollywood School for Girls.
21 Rarely did her own sketching because of her time schedule. Almost all sketches of "hers" one sees today were actually done by a devoted staff of sketch artists.
22 Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Cathedral Slope section, plot #1675.
23 Her 35 Oscar nominations and 8 awards make her both the most honored costume designer and woman in Academy Award history to date.


Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Detective Story 1951 costumes
Here Comes the Groom 1951
Rhubarb 1951
Darling, How Could You! 1951
Peking Express 1951
Ace in the Hole 1951
That's My Boy 1951
Dear Brat 1951
A Place in the Sun 1951 costumes
The Lemon Drop Kid 1951
Mr. Music 1950 gowns
Branded 1950
Copper Canyon 1950
Let's Dance 1950
Dark City 1950
September Affair 1950
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982
Sunset Blvd. 1950
The Last Married Couple in America 1980 costume designer: Natalie Wood and Valerie Harper
The Furies 1950
Women in White 1979 TV Movie
My Friend Irma Goes West 1950
Return Engagement 1978 TV Movie
Riding High 1950 costumes
The Big Fix 1978
No Man of Her Own 1950
Little Women 1978 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
My Foolish Heart 1949
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free 1978
Samson and Delilah 1949
Sunshine Christmas 1977 TV Movie
The Great Lover 1949
Sex and the Married Woman 1977 TV Movie
Beyond the Forest 1949
Airport '77 1977
The Heiress 1949 costumes
The Disappearance of Aimee 1976 TV Movie
My Friend Irma 1949
Face of Darkness 1976
Red, Hot and Blue 1949
Amelia Earhart 1976 TV Movie
Rope of Sand 1949
Family Plot 1976
The Great Gatsby 1949
W.C. Fields and Me 1976
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1949 uncredited
Gable and Lombard 1976
My Own True Love 1949
The Man Who Would Be King 1975 wardrobe designed by
The Accused 1949
The Great Waldo Pepper 1975
Miss Tatlock's Millions 1948
Earthquake 1974 : for Ava Gardner - uncredited
Night Has a Thousand Eyes 1948
Airport 1975 1974
Isn't It Romantic? 1948
The Sting 1973 costumes by
Sorry, Wrong Number 1948
The Don Is Dead 1973
Beyond Glory 1948
A Doll's House 1973/II Jane Fonda's costumes
A Foreign Affair 1948
Showdown 1973
Dream Girl 1948
Pete 'n' Tillie 1972
The Emperor Waltz 1948
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972
The Sainted Sisters 1948
The Screaming Woman 1972 TV Movie
Saigon 1948
Madame Sin 1972 wardrobe and costume designer
The Big Clock 1948
Red Sky at Morning 1971
I Walk Alone 1948
Sometimes a Great Notion 1970
Road to Rio 1947
Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970
Where There's Life 1947
Skullduggery 1970
Wild Harvest 1947
Airport 1970 costumes designed by
Variety Girl 1947
Story of a Woman 1970
Desert Fury 1947
Topaz 1969
The Perils of Pauline 1947 gowns
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here 1969
The Trouble with Women 1947
Downhill Racer 1969 uncredited
Welcome Stranger 1947
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
Dear Ruth 1947
The Lost Man 1969
The Other Love 1947 costumes for Miss Stanwyck designed by
Eye of the Cat 1969
Blaze of Noon 1947
Winning 1969 costumes designed by
My Favorite Brunette 1947
Sweet Charity 1969
Ramrod 1947
Hellfighters 1968
The Perfect Marriage 1947
House of Cards 1968
Cross My Heart 1946
The Pink Jungle 1968
Blue Skies 1946
In Enemy Country 1968
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? 1968
The Bride Wore Boots 1946
Blue 1968 uncredited
The Virginian 1946
The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968
The Blue Dahlia 1946
Chuka 1967
To Each His Own 1946
El Dorado 1967
The Stork Club 1945 costumes
Barefoot in the Park 1967
The Bells of St. Mary's 1945
The Caper of the Golden Bulls 1967
Masquerade in Mexico 1945
Easy Come, Easy Go 1967
The Lost Weekend 1945 costumes
Hotel 1967 gowns
Hold That Blonde! 1945
Warning Shot 1967
Road to Utopia 1945
The Swinger 1966
Love Letters 1945
Penelope 1966
Incendiary Blonde 1945
This Property Is Condemned 1966
Out of This World 1945
The Last of the Secret Agents? 1966
You Came Along 1945
Paradise, Hawaiian Style 1966
A Medal for Benny 1945
The Oscar 1966 gowns
The Affairs of Susan 1945
Boeing, Boeing 1965
Here Come the Waves 1944
The Slender Thread 1965
And Now Tomorrow 1944
Red Line 7000 1965
Ministry of Fear 1944
The Family Jewels 1965
Rainbow Island 1944
Harlow 1965/I
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay 1944
The Hallelujah Trail 1965
The Great Moment 1944
The Sons of Katie Elder 1965 costumes
I Love a Soldier 1944
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! 1965
Hail the Conquering Hero 1944 costumes
Love Has Many Faces 1965
Going My Way 1944
Who Has Seen the Wind? 1965 TV Movie
And the Angels Sing 1944
Sylvia 1965
Double Indemnity 1944 costumes
Sex and the Single Girl 1964
The Uninvited 1944 costumes
The Disorderly Orderly 1964
Lady in the Dark 1944 modern gowns
36 Hours 1964 uncredited
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1944 costumes
Roustabout 1964
Standing Room Only 1944
Where Love Has Gone 1964
True to Life 1943
A House Is Not a Home 1964
Riding High 1943
The Patsy 1964
Hostages 1943
Lady in a Cage 1964 uncredited
Five Graves to Cairo 1943
Mr. and Mrs. 1964 TV Movie
China 1943
The Carpetbaggers 1964
Young and Willing 1943
Man's Favorite Sport? 1964
The Crystal Ball 1943 gowns
Love with the Proper Stranger 1963
No Time for Love 1943 gowns
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? 1963
Lucky Jordan 1942 gowns
The Judy Garland Show 1963 TV Series 1 episode
Road to Morocco 1942
Fun in Acapulco 1963
I Married a Witch 1942
Who's Minding the Store? 1963
The Major and the Minor 1942 costumes
A New Kind of Love 1963
The Glass Key 1942
Wives and Lovers 1963
Holiday Inn 1942 gowns
Donovan's Reef 1963 costumes
Are Husbands Necessary? 1942
Come Blow Your Horn 1963
My Favorite Blonde 1942
The Nutty Professor 1963
Star Spangled Rhythm 1942
Hud 1963 costumes
The Remarkable Andrew 1942 gowns
Critic's Choice 1963
The Great Man's Lady 1942
My Six Loves 1963
The Fleet's In 1942
Papa's Delicate Condition 1963
The Lady Has Plans 1942
A Girl Named Tamiko 1962
Bahama Passage 1941
Who's Got the Action? 1962
Sullivan's Travels 1941 costumes
Girls! Girls! Girls! 1962
Skylark 1941
It's Only Money 1962
Birth of the Blues 1941
Hatari! 1962
New York Town 1941
Escape from Zahrain 1962
You Belong to Me 1941 gowns
The Counterfeit Traitor 1962
Nothing But the Truth 1941
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 costumes
Hold Back the Dawn 1941 gowns
My Geisha 1962
Aloma of the South Seas 1941
Pocketful of Miracles 1961 costumes by
Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941 gowns
The Errand Boy 1961
Kiss the Boys Goodbye 1941
Blue Hawaii 1961
Caught in the Draft 1941
Summer and Smoke 1961
West Point Widow 1941
Too Late Blues 1961
Road to Zanzibar 1941 costumes
Man-Trap 1961
The Lady Eve 1941 costumes
The Ladies Man 1961
Love Thy Neighbor 1940
The Pleasure of His Company 1961
Texas Rangers Ride Again 1940
On the Double 1961 costumes
Moon Over Burma 1940
All in a Night's Work 1961
Life with Henry 1940
Pepe 1960
The Mad Doctor 1940
Cinderfella 1960
I Want a Divorce 1940
G.I. Blues 1960
Rhythm on the River 1940
The Rat Race 1960
The Great McGinty 1940
Visit to a Small Planet 1960
Safari 1940
Heller in Pink Tights 1960
The Ghost Breakers 1940 costumes
The Jayhawkers! 1959
Typhoon 1940
Career 1959
Buck Benny Rides Again 1940 costumes
But Not for Me 1959
Road to Singapore 1940
A Hole in the Head 1959
Adventure in Diamonds 1940
Last Train from Gun Hill 1959
Remember the Night 1940 costumes
Don't Give Up the Ship 1959
The Great Victor Herbert 1939
The Five Pennies 1959 costumes
The Cat and the Canary 1939
That Kind of Woman 1959
Honeymoon in Bali 1939
Alias Jesse James 1959
The Star Maker 1939
The Trap 1959
Beau Geste 1939 costumes
The Geisha Boy 1958
The Magnificent Fraud 1939
The Buccaneer 1958
Man About Town 1939
Houseboat 1958
Invitation to Happiness 1939
The Black Orchid 1958
The Gracie Allen Murder Case 1939
As Young as We Are 1958
Never Say Die 1939
The Party Crashers 1958
Sudden Money 1939
Rock-a-Bye Baby 1958
King of Chinatown 1939
The Matchmaker 1958
Paris Honeymoon 1939
Hot Spell 1958
Disbarred 1939
Maracaibo 1958
Zaza 1938
Vertigo 1958 costumes
Artists and Models Abroad 1938
St. Louis Blues 1958
Spawn of the North 1938
Teacher's Pet 1958
Give Me a Sailor 1938
Wild Is the Wind 1957
The Texans 1938
The Sad Sack 1957
Men with Wings 1938
The Tin Star 1957
Tropic Holiday 1938
The Devil's Hairpin 1957
Cocoanut Grove 1938
Hear Me Good 1957
College Swing 1938
The Joker Is Wild 1957
Her Jungle Love 1938
Short Cut to Hell 1957
Dangerous to Know 1938
Loving You 1957
The Big Broadcast of 1938 1938 costumes
The Delicate Delinquent 1957
Wells Fargo 1937
Beau James 1957
Thrill of a Lifetime 1937
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 costumes
Blossoms on Broadway 1937
The Buster Keaton Story 1957
Ebb Tide 1937
Fear Strikes Out 1957 costumes
This Way Please 1937
Funny Face 1957
Sophie Lang Goes West 1937
The Rainmaker 1956
Double or Nothing 1937
Hollywood or Bust 1956
Souls at Sea 1937
Three Violent People 1956
Exclusive 1937
The Mountain 1956
Turn Off the Moon 1937
The Search for Bridey Murphy 1956
Waikiki Wedding 1937
Pardners 1956
Her Husband Lies 1937
The Proud and Profane 1956
John Meade's Woman 1937
The Leather Saint 1956
College Holiday 1936
That Certain Feeling 1956
Murder with Pictures 1936
The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 costumes
Three Married Men 1936
The Birds and the Bees 1956
The Texas Rangers 1936
The Come On 1956 uncredited
Rhythm on the Range 1936
Anything Goes 1956
The Return of Sophie Lang 1936
The Scarlet Hour 1956
Poppy 1936 costumes designed by
The Court Jester 1955 costumes
Early to Bed 1936
The Rose Tattoo 1955
Till We Meet Again 1936
Artists and Models 1955
You Belong to Me 1934
Lucy Gallant 1955
She Loves Me Not 1934
The Desperate Hours 1955 costumes
Death Takes a Holiday 1934 uncredited
The Trouble with Harry 1955 costumes
Cradle Song 1933
The Girl Rush 1955
She Done Him Wrong 1933 uncredited
To Catch a Thief 1955 costumes
Love Me Tonight 1932 uncredited
You're Never Too Young 1955
The Lawyer's Secret 1931
The Seven Little Foys 1955 costumes
The Saturday Night Kid 1929 uncredited
The Far Horizons 1955
Ladies of the Mob 1928
Run for Cover 1955
The Legion of the Condemned 1928
Strategic Air Command 1955
Wings 1927 uncredited
3 Ring Circus 1954
The Golden Bed 1925 uncredited
The Country Girl 1954
The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 costumes
White Christmas 1954
Rear Window 1954 costumes
Living It Up 1954 gowns
About Mrs. Leslie 1954
Elephant Walk 1954
Casanova's Big Night 1954 costumes: women
Knock on Wood 1954 costumes
The Naked Jungle 1954
Jivaro 1954
Red Garters 1954 costumes: women
Alaska Seas 1954
Money from Home 1953
Forever Female 1953
Those Redheads from Seattle 1953
Little Boy Lost 1953
Roman Holiday 1953 costumes
Here Come the Girls 1953
The Caddy 1953
Arrowhead 1953
Houdini 1953
The Vanquished 1953
Sangaree 1953
Pony Express 1953
Scared Stiff 1953
Shane 1953 costumes
The Girls of Pleasure Island 1953
The Stars Are Singing 1953
The War of the Worlds 1953 costumes
Off Limits 1952
Come Back, Little Sheba 1952
Road to Bali 1952
The Turning Point 1952
Somebody Loves Me 1952
Just for You 1952
The Savage 1952
Carrie 1952
Son of Paleface 1952
Jumping Jacks 1952
Denver and Rio Grande 1952
The Atomic City 1952
My Son John 1952
Anything Can Happen 1952
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick 1952
Something to Live For 1952
Sailor Beware 1952
The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 costumes
Thunder in the East 1951
My Favorite Spy 1951
Silver City 1951
When Worlds Collide 1951

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Manhandled 1949 costumes: Miss Lamour
June Bride 1948 wardrobe: Bette Davis
Rachel and the Stranger 1948 costumes designer: Miss Young
So Evil My Love 1948 gowns: Miss Todd and Miss Fitzgerald
Arch of Triumph 1948 costumes designer: for Miss Bergman
Cry Wolf 1947 wardrobe: Miss Stanwyck
The Farmer's Daughter 1947 costume designer: Miss Loretta Young
The Two Mrs. Carrolls 1947 gowns: Miss Stanwyck
California 1947 costumes: women
Notorious 1946 gowns designer: Miss Ingrid Bergman's
Miss Susie Slagle's 1946 costumer
My Reputation 1946 costume designer: Barbara Stanwyck
Duffy's Tavern 1945 costume designer: Dorothy Lamour and Betty Hutton
Christmas in Connecticut 1945 gowns: Miss Stanwyck
I'll Be Seeing You 1944 costumes: Miss Rogers
Tender Comrade 1943 costume designer: Miss Rogers
Lady of Burlesque 1943 costumes: Dixie
Flesh and Fantasy 1943 gowns: Miss Stanwyck
They Got Me Covered 1943 gowns: Miss Lamour
The Gay Sisters 1942 gowns: Miss Stanwyck
Beyond the Blue Horizon 1942 costumer
This Gun for Hire 1942 gowns: Miss Lake
Ball of Fire 1941 costumes: Miss Stanwyck
Dancing on a Dime 1940 costumer
Man of Conquest 1939 gowns: Miss Patrick
Hotel Imperial 1939 costumes: Isa Miranda
If I Were King 1938 costumer
Mad About Music 1938 gowns: Miss Patrick
Underworld 1927 assistant costume designer - uncredited
Mantrap 1926 assistant costume designer - uncredited
The Trouble with Wives 1925 assistant costume designer
Are Parents People? 1925 assistant costume designer
Peter Pan 1924 textile artist - uncredited
Lucy Meets the Burtons: A Comedic Gem 2010 Video documentary short wardrobe - uncredited
Sextette 1978 gowns designer: Miss West
The Blue Bird 1976 principals' costumes designed by
Rooster Cogburn 1975 wardrobe: Miss Hepburn
Ash Wednesday 1973 costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
A Doll's House 1973/II costumes: Jane Fonda
Divorce His - Divorce Hers 1973 TV Movie costumes: Miss Taylor
Hammersmith Is Out 1972 costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
Here's Lucy 1970 TV Series wardrobe - 1 episode
Myra Breckinridge 1970 costumes: Miss Mae West
The 40th Annual Academy Awards 1968 TV Special costume supervisor
Berserk 1967 designer: Joan Crawford's leotard - uncredited
Not with My Wife, You Don't! 1966 wardrobe designer: Miss Lisi
Torn Curtain 1966 costume designer: Miss Andrews
Waco 1966 wardrober: Jane Russell
Assault on a Queen 1966 costumes: Miss Lissi
Johnny Reno 1966 costumes: Jane Russell
Inside Daisy Clover 1965 costume designer: Natalie Wood
The Great Race 1965 clothes: Miss Wood
Love Has Many Faces 1965 wardrobe: Miss Turner
The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1964 wardrobe: Miss MacLaine
Marnie 1964 costume designer: Miss Hedren and Miss Baker
What a Way to Go! 1964 gowns: Miss MacLaine
The Birds 1963 costume designer: Miss Hedren
Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet 1963 TV Movie gowns: Miss Garland
I Could Go on Singing 1963 costumes: Miss Garland
Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961 costume supervisor
Love in a Goldfish Bowl 1961 costume supervisor
The Facts of Life 1960 wardrobe: Miss Ball
The Frances Langford Show 1960 TV Series costumer - 1 episode
A Touch of Larceny 1960 costumes: Miss Vera Miles
Separate Tables 1958 gowns: Miss Hayworth
King Creole 1958 costumer
Witness for the Prosecution 1957 costumes: Miss Dietrich
Hear Me Good 1957 costumer
The Ten Commandments 1956 costumes
Hell's Island 1955 wardrobe supervisor
Sabrina 1954 costume supervisor
Secret of the Incas 1954 costumes
Jamaica Run 1953 costumer
Tropic Zone 1953 costumes: Miss Fleming
Hurricane Smith 1952 costumes
Caribbean 1952 costumes: Arlene Dahl
Stolen Face 1952 wardrobe: Lizabeth Scott
Hong Kong 1952 costumes: Miss Fleming
Submarine Command 1951 costumes
Crosswinds 1951 costumes: Miss Fleming
The Last Outpost 1951 costumes for Miss Fleming
Payment on Demand 1951 gowns: Bette Davis
All About Eve 1950 costume designer: Miss Bette Davis
The File on Thelma Jordon 1950 costumer
Samson and Delilah 1949 costumes

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Columbo 1973 TV Series Edith Head
The Pleasure of His Company 1961 Dress Designer (uncredited)
Lucy Gallant 1955 Edith Head
Hollywood Extra Girl 1935 Documentary short Edith Head (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 this motion picture is affectionately dedicated to
Flying High 1978 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edith Head 1981 TV Short documentary Herself
Omnibus 1980 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock 1979 TV Special documentary Herself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Herself
The Norman Gunston Show 1975 TV Series Herself
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1975 TV Series documentary Herself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Costume Design
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Herself
In Melbourne Tonight 1969 TV Series Herself
The Linkletter Show 1953-1968 TV Series Herself
Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Herself
Girl Talk 1967 TV Series Herself
Penelope's Fashion Show 1966 Documentary short Herself / Narrator (uncredited)
The Merv Griffin Show 1966 TV Series Herself
The Oscar 1966 Herself
The Lee Phillip Show 1963 TV Series Herself / guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Fashion Designer
The DuPont Show of the Week 1962 TV Series Herself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White & Nominee: Best Costume Design, Color
Person to Person 1959 TV Series documentary Herself
This Is Your Life 1959 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1959 TV Series Herself
You Bet Your Life 1955 TV Series Herself - Costume Designer
The 26th Annual Academy Awards 1954 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
The Costume Designer 1950 Short Herself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women 2014 Documentary Herself
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Edith Head: The Paramount Years 2002 Video documentary short Herself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life 1997 Documentary Herself - Pins Costume (uncredited)
The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Hall of Fame Costume Designers Guild Awards
1997 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Behind the Scenes Costume Design
1974 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design The Sting (1973)
1974 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture Awarded on April 24, 1974 at 6504 Hollywood Blvd.
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Special Award

"who dresses up the movies and generates news in the world of fashion with creations that are seen ... More

1961 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White The Facts of Life (1960) · Edward Stevenson
1955 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Sabrina (1954)
1954 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Roman Holiday (1953)
1952 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White A Place in the Sun (1951)
1951 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White All About Eve (1950) · Charles Le Maire
1951 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color Samson and Delilah (1949) · Dorothy Jeakins
· Elois Jenssen
· Gile Steele
· Gwen Wakeling
1950 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White The Heiress (1949) · Gile Steele

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design Airport '77 (1977) · Burton Miller
1976 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
1976 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Costume Design The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
1971 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design Airport (1970)
1970 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design Sweet Charity (1969)
1967 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color The Oscar (1966)
1966 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White The Slender Thread (1965)
1966 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color Inside Daisy Clover (1965) · Bill Thomas
1965 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White A House Is Not a Home (1964)
1965 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color What a Way to Go! (1964) · Moss Mabry
1964 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
1964 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Wives and Lovers (1963)
1964 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color A New Kind of Love (1963)
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color My Geisha (1962)
1962 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color Pocketful of Miracles (1961) · Walter Plunkett
1961 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color Pepe (1960)
1960 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Career (1959)
1960 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color The Five Pennies (1959)
1959 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White or Color The Buccaneer (1958) · Ralph Jester
· John Jensen
1958 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design Funny Face (1957) · Hubert de Givenchy
1957 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White The Proud and Profane (1956)
1957 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color The Ten Commandments (1956) · Ralph Jester
· John Jensen
· Dorothy Jeakins
· Arnold Friberg
1956 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White The Rose Tattoo (1955)
1956 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color To Catch a Thief (1955)
1953 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Carrie (1952)
1953 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) · Dorothy Jeakins
· Miles White
1949 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Costume Design, Color The Emperor Waltz (1948) · Gile Steele


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#Quote
1 [on "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"] I guess I've come full circle when I design the exact dress for Steve Martin that I did for Barbara Stanwyck.
2 [Her reaction to losing the 1956 Color Costume Award to Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)] Charles Le Maire is a good friend of mind and I would tell him to his face that his designs were blah compared to my gowns. All the costumes Jennifer Jones wore were chong sams, the traditional Chinese dress, which could have been purchased in Chinatown. That loss was the single greatest disappointment of my costume-design career.
3 [on winning her fifth Oscar, 1954] I'm going to take it home and design a dress for it.
4 I never thought I did good work for [Cecil B. DeMille]. I always had to do what that conceited old goat wanted, whether it was correct or not.
5 [on viewing what many tanned actresses wore to the 1966 Academy Awards] I looked at all those white dresses and I thought we were doing a reprise of White Christmas (1954).
6 [on Kim Novak] I don't usually get into battles, but dressing Kim Novak for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) put to the test all my training in psychology.
7 [on Grace Kelly] I've dressed thousands of actors, actresses and animals, but whenever I am asked which star is my personal favorite, I answer, "Grace Kelly." She is a charming lady, a most gifted actress and, to me, a valued friend.
8 [1977 comment on Jacqueline Bisset] One of the greatest bodies I've ever worked with. But besides that she is rather the opposite, because she is so damned intelligent. It's a strange combination, almost a double personality.
9 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.
10 I have yet to see one completely unspoiled star, except for Lassie.
11 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.
12 If it is a Paramount film, I probably designed it.
13 I've designed films I've never seen.


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