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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.

Quick Facts


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
1Was 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'.
2Amassed 500 costume credits over her long career.
3An Edith Head costume exhibition was displayed at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in 2014.
4On October 28, 2013 - which would have been her 116th birthday - Google's homepage was a tribute to her.
5The 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.
6Raised 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.
7Her 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).
8She is credited with putting Dorothy Lamour in her first sarong for "The Jungle Princess".
9Alumnae Initiate of Delta Zeta sorority, Mu chapter.
10Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 376-378. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
11She is tied with composer Alan Menken for third most Academy Awards won. Each of them have eight.
12Her 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.
13Extremely 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.".
14The character "Edna Mode" in Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles (2004) was modeled on her.
15The Costume Department building on the Paramount lot is named after her.
16Received a master's degree in French from Stanford University in 1920
17A 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.
18Was a close friend of actress Anne Baxter. She was godmother to one of Baxter's children.
19On They Might Be Giants' 2001 album, "Mink Car", there is a song called "She Thinks She's Edith Head".
20During the 1920s, she taught French and art at the Hollywood School for Girls.
21Rarely 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.
22Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Cathedral Slope section, plot #1675.
23Her 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 Story1951costumes
Here Comes the Groom1951
Rhubarb1951
Darling, How Could You!1951
Peking Express1951
Ace in the Hole1951
That's My Boy1951
Dear Brat1951
A Place in the Sun1951costumes
The Lemon Drop Kid1951
Mr. Music1950gowns
Branded1950
Copper Canyon1950
Let's Dance1950
Dark City1950
September Affair1950
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid1982
Sunset Blvd.1950
The Last Married Couple in America1980costume designer: Natalie Wood and Valerie Harper
The Furies1950
Women in White1979TV Movie
My Friend Irma Goes West1950
Return Engagement1978TV Movie
Riding High1950costumes
The Big Fix1978
No Man of Her Own1950
Little Women1978TV Mini-Series 1 episode
My Foolish Heart1949
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free1978
Samson and Delilah1949
Sunshine Christmas1977TV Movie
The Great Lover1949
Sex and the Married Woman1977TV Movie
Beyond the Forest1949
Airport '771977
The Heiress1949costumes
The Disappearance of Aimee1976TV Movie
My Friend Irma1949
Face of Darkness1976
Red, Hot and Blue1949
Amelia Earhart1976TV Movie
Rope of Sand1949
Family Plot1976
The Great Gatsby1949
W.C. Fields and Me1976
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court1949uncredited
Gable and Lombard1976
My Own True Love1949
The Man Who Would Be King1975wardrobe designed by
The Accused1949
The Great Waldo Pepper1975
Miss Tatlock's Millions1948
Earthquake1974: for Ava Gardner - uncredited
Night Has a Thousand Eyes1948
Airport 19751974
Isn't It Romantic?1948
The Sting1973costumes by
Sorry, Wrong Number1948
The Don Is Dead1973
Beyond Glory1948
A Doll's House1973/IIJane Fonda's costumes
A Foreign Affair1948
Showdown1973
Dream Girl1948
Pete 'n' Tillie1972
The Emperor Waltz1948
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean1972
The Sainted Sisters1948
The Screaming Woman1972TV Movie
Saigon1948
Madame Sin1972wardrobe and costume designer
The Big Clock1948
Red Sky at Morning1971
I Walk Alone1948
Sometimes a Great Notion1970
Road to Rio1947
Colossus: The Forbin Project1970
Where There's Life1947
Skullduggery1970
Wild Harvest1947
Airport1970costumes designed by
Variety Girl1947
Story of a Woman1970
Desert Fury1947
Topaz1969
The Perils of Pauline1947gowns
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here1969
The Trouble with Women1947
Downhill Racer1969uncredited
Welcome Stranger1947
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid1969
Dear Ruth1947
The Lost Man1969
The Other Love1947costumes for Miss Stanwyck designed by
Eye of the Cat1969
Blaze of Noon1947
Winning1969costumes designed by
My Favorite Brunette1947
Sweet Charity1969
Ramrod1947
Hellfighters1968
The Perfect Marriage1947
House of Cards1968
Cross My Heart1946
The Pink Jungle1968
Blue Skies1946
In Enemy Country1968
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers1946
What's So Bad About Feeling Good?1968
The Bride Wore Boots1946
Blue1968uncredited
The Virginian1946
The Secret War of Harry Frigg1968
The Blue Dahlia1946
Chuka1967
To Each His Own1946
El Dorado1967
The Stork Club1945costumes
Barefoot in the Park1967
The Bells of St. Mary's1945
The Caper of the Golden Bulls1967
Masquerade in Mexico1945
Easy Come, Easy Go1967
The Lost Weekend1945costumes
Hotel1967gowns
Hold That Blonde!1945
Warning Shot1967
Road to Utopia1945
The Swinger1966
Love Letters1945
Penelope1966
Incendiary Blonde1945
This Property Is Condemned1966
Out of This World1945
The Last of the Secret Agents?1966
You Came Along1945
Paradise, Hawaiian Style1966
A Medal for Benny1945
The Oscar1966gowns
The Affairs of Susan1945
Boeing, Boeing1965
Here Come the Waves1944
The Slender Thread1965
And Now Tomorrow1944
Red Line 70001965
Ministry of Fear1944
The Family Jewels1965
Rainbow Island1944
Harlow1965/I
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay1944
The Hallelujah Trail1965
The Great Moment1944
The Sons of Katie Elder1965costumes
I Love a Soldier1944
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!1965
Hail the Conquering Hero1944costumes
Love Has Many Faces1965
Going My Way1944
Who Has Seen the Wind?1965TV Movie
And the Angels Sing1944
Sylvia1965
Double Indemnity1944costumes
Sex and the Single Girl1964
The Uninvited1944costumes
The Disorderly Orderly1964
Lady in the Dark1944modern gowns
36 Hours1964uncredited
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek1944costumes
Roustabout1964
Standing Room Only1944
Where Love Has Gone1964
True to Life1943
A House Is Not a Home1964
Riding High1943
The Patsy1964
Hostages1943
Lady in a Cage1964uncredited
Five Graves to Cairo1943
Mr. and Mrs.1964TV Movie
China1943
The Carpetbaggers1964
Young and Willing1943
Man's Favorite Sport?1964
The Crystal Ball1943gowns
Love with the Proper Stranger1963
No Time for Love1943gowns
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?1963
Lucky Jordan1942gowns
The Judy Garland Show1963TV Series 1 episode
Road to Morocco1942
Fun in Acapulco1963
I Married a Witch1942
Who's Minding the Store?1963
The Major and the Minor1942costumes
A New Kind of Love1963
The Glass Key1942
Wives and Lovers1963
Holiday Inn1942gowns
Donovan's Reef1963costumes
Are Husbands Necessary?1942
Come Blow Your Horn1963
My Favorite Blonde1942
The Nutty Professor1963
Star Spangled Rhythm1942
Hud1963costumes
The Remarkable Andrew1942gowns
Critic's Choice1963
The Great Man's Lady1942
My Six Loves1963
The Fleet's In1942
Papa's Delicate Condition1963
The Lady Has Plans1942
A Girl Named Tamiko1962
Bahama Passage1941
Who's Got the Action?1962
Sullivan's Travels1941costumes
Girls! Girls! Girls!1962
Skylark1941
It's Only Money1962
Birth of the Blues1941
Hatari!1962
New York Town1941
Escape from Zahrain1962
You Belong to Me1941gowns
The Counterfeit Traitor1962
Nothing But the Truth1941
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance1962costumes
Hold Back the Dawn1941gowns
My Geisha1962
Aloma of the South Seas1941
Pocketful of Miracles1961costumes by
Here Comes Mr. Jordan1941gowns
The Errand Boy1961
Kiss the Boys Goodbye1941
Blue Hawaii1961
Caught in the Draft1941
Summer and Smoke1961
West Point Widow1941
Too Late Blues1961
Road to Zanzibar1941costumes
Man-Trap1961
The Lady Eve1941costumes
The Ladies Man1961
Love Thy Neighbor1940
The Pleasure of His Company1961
Texas Rangers Ride Again1940
On the Double1961costumes
Moon Over Burma1940
All in a Night's Work1961
Life with Henry1940
Pepe1960
The Mad Doctor1940
Cinderfella1960
I Want a Divorce1940
G.I. Blues1960
Rhythm on the River1940
The Rat Race1960
The Great McGinty1940
Visit to a Small Planet1960
Safari1940
Heller in Pink Tights1960
The Ghost Breakers1940costumes
The Jayhawkers!1959
Typhoon1940
Career1959
Buck Benny Rides Again1940costumes
But Not for Me1959
Road to Singapore1940
A Hole in the Head1959
Adventure in Diamonds1940
Last Train from Gun Hill1959
Remember the Night1940costumes
Don't Give Up the Ship1959
The Great Victor Herbert1939
The Five Pennies1959costumes
The Cat and the Canary1939
That Kind of Woman1959
Honeymoon in Bali1939
Alias Jesse James1959
The Star Maker1939
The Trap1959
Beau Geste1939costumes
The Geisha Boy1958
The Magnificent Fraud1939
The Buccaneer1958
Man About Town1939
Houseboat1958
Invitation to Happiness1939
The Black Orchid1958
The Gracie Allen Murder Case1939
As Young as We Are1958
Never Say Die1939
The Party Crashers1958
Sudden Money1939
Rock-a-Bye Baby1958
King of Chinatown1939
The Matchmaker1958
Paris Honeymoon1939
Hot Spell1958
Disbarred1939
Maracaibo1958
Zaza1938
Vertigo1958costumes
Artists and Models Abroad1938
St. Louis Blues1958
Spawn of the North1938
Teacher's Pet1958
Give Me a Sailor1938
Wild Is the Wind1957
The Texans1938
The Sad Sack1957
Men with Wings1938
The Tin Star1957
Tropic Holiday1938
The Devil's Hairpin1957
Cocoanut Grove1938
Hear Me Good1957
College Swing1938
The Joker Is Wild1957
Her Jungle Love1938
Short Cut to Hell1957
Dangerous to Know1938
Loving You1957
The Big Broadcast of 19381938costumes
The Delicate Delinquent1957
Wells Fargo1937
Beau James1957
Thrill of a Lifetime1937
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral1957costumes
Blossoms on Broadway1937
The Buster Keaton Story1957
Ebb Tide1937
Fear Strikes Out1957costumes
This Way Please1937
Funny Face1957
Sophie Lang Goes West1937
The Rainmaker1956
Double or Nothing1937
Hollywood or Bust1956
Souls at Sea1937
Three Violent People1956
Exclusive1937
The Mountain1956
Turn Off the Moon1937
The Search for Bridey Murphy1956
Waikiki Wedding1937
Pardners1956
Her Husband Lies1937
The Proud and Profane1956
John Meade's Woman1937
The Leather Saint1956
College Holiday1936
That Certain Feeling1956
Murder with Pictures1936
The Man Who Knew Too Much1956costumes
Three Married Men1936
The Birds and the Bees1956
The Texas Rangers1936
The Come On1956uncredited
Rhythm on the Range1936
Anything Goes1956
The Return of Sophie Lang1936
The Scarlet Hour1956
Poppy1936costumes designed by
The Court Jester1955costumes
Early to Bed1936
The Rose Tattoo1955
Till We Meet Again1936
Artists and Models1955
You Belong to Me1934
Lucy Gallant1955
She Loves Me Not1934
The Desperate Hours1955costumes
Death Takes a Holiday1934uncredited
The Trouble with Harry1955costumes
Cradle Song1933
The Girl Rush1955
She Done Him Wrong1933uncredited
To Catch a Thief1955costumes
Love Me Tonight1932uncredited
You're Never Too Young1955
The Lawyer's Secret1931
The Seven Little Foys1955costumes
The Saturday Night Kid1929uncredited
The Far Horizons1955
Ladies of the Mob1928
Run for Cover1955
The Legion of the Condemned1928
Strategic Air Command1955
Wings1927uncredited
3 Ring Circus1954
The Golden Bed1925uncredited
The Country Girl1954
The Bridges at Toko-Ri1954costumes
White Christmas1954
Rear Window1954costumes
Living It Up1954gowns
About Mrs. Leslie1954
Elephant Walk1954
Casanova's Big Night1954costumes: women
Knock on Wood1954costumes
The Naked Jungle1954
Jivaro1954
Red Garters1954costumes: women
Alaska Seas1954
Money from Home1953
Forever Female1953
Those Redheads from Seattle1953
Little Boy Lost1953
Roman Holiday1953costumes
Here Come the Girls1953
The Caddy1953
Arrowhead1953
Houdini1953
The Vanquished1953
Sangaree1953
Pony Express1953
Scared Stiff1953
Shane1953costumes
The Girls of Pleasure Island1953
The Stars Are Singing1953
The War of the Worlds1953costumes
Off Limits1952
Come Back, Little Sheba1952
Road to Bali1952
The Turning Point1952
Somebody Loves Me1952
Just for You1952
The Savage1952
Carrie1952
Son of Paleface1952
Jumping Jacks1952
Denver and Rio Grande1952
The Atomic City1952
My Son John1952
Anything Can Happen1952
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick1952
Something to Live For1952
Sailor Beware1952
The Greatest Show on Earth1952costumes
Thunder in the East1951
My Favorite Spy1951
Silver City1951
When Worlds Collide1951

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Manhandled1949costumes: Miss Lamour
June Bride1948wardrobe: Bette Davis
Rachel and the Stranger1948costumes designer: Miss Young
So Evil My Love1948gowns: Miss Todd and Miss Fitzgerald
Arch of Triumph1948costumes designer: for Miss Bergman
Cry Wolf1947wardrobe: Miss Stanwyck
The Farmer's Daughter1947costume designer: Miss Loretta Young
The Two Mrs. Carrolls1947gowns: Miss Stanwyck
California1947costumes: women
Notorious1946gowns designer: Miss Ingrid Bergman's
Miss Susie Slagle's1946costumer
My Reputation1946costume designer: Barbara Stanwyck
Duffy's Tavern1945costume designer: Dorothy Lamour and Betty Hutton
Christmas in Connecticut1945gowns: Miss Stanwyck
I'll Be Seeing You1944costumes: Miss Rogers
Tender Comrade1943costume designer: Miss Rogers
Lady of Burlesque1943costumes: Dixie
Flesh and Fantasy1943gowns: Miss Stanwyck
They Got Me Covered1943gowns: Miss Lamour
The Gay Sisters1942gowns: Miss Stanwyck
Beyond the Blue Horizon1942costumer
This Gun for Hire1942gowns: Miss Lake
Ball of Fire1941costumes: Miss Stanwyck
Dancing on a Dime1940costumer
Man of Conquest1939gowns: Miss Patrick
Hotel Imperial1939costumes: Isa Miranda
If I Were King1938costumer
Mad About Music1938gowns: Miss Patrick
Underworld1927assistant costume designer - uncredited
Mantrap1926assistant costume designer - uncredited
The Trouble with Wives1925assistant costume designer
Are Parents People?1925assistant costume designer
Peter Pan1924textile artist - uncredited
Lucy Meets the Burtons: A Comedic Gem2010Video documentary short wardrobe - uncredited
Sextette1978gowns designer: Miss West
The Blue Bird1976principals' costumes designed by
Rooster Cogburn1975wardrobe: Miss Hepburn
Ash Wednesday1973costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
A Doll's House1973/IIcostumes: Jane Fonda
Divorce His - Divorce Hers1973TV Movie costumes: Miss Taylor
Hammersmith Is Out1972costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
Here's Lucy1970TV Series wardrobe - 1 episode
Myra Breckinridge1970costumes: Miss Mae West
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV Special costume supervisor
Berserk1967designer: Joan Crawford's leotard - uncredited
Not with My Wife, You Don't!1966wardrobe designer: Miss Lisi
Torn Curtain1966costume designer: Miss Andrews
Waco1966wardrober: Jane Russell
Assault on a Queen1966costumes: Miss Lissi
Johnny Reno1966costumes: Jane Russell
Inside Daisy Clover1965costume designer: Natalie Wood
The Great Race1965clothes: Miss Wood
Love Has Many Faces1965wardrobe: Miss Turner
The Yellow Rolls-Royce1964wardrobe: Miss MacLaine
Marnie1964costume designer: Miss Hedren and Miss Baker
What a Way to Go!1964gowns: Miss MacLaine
The Birds1963costume designer: Miss Hedren
Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet1963TV Movie gowns: Miss Garland
I Could Go on Singing1963costumes: Miss Garland
Breakfast at Tiffany's1961costume supervisor
Love in a Goldfish Bowl1961costume supervisor
The Facts of Life1960wardrobe: Miss Ball
The Frances Langford Show1960TV Series costumer - 1 episode
A Touch of Larceny1960costumes: Miss Vera Miles
Separate Tables1958gowns: Miss Hayworth
King Creole1958costumer
Witness for the Prosecution1957costumes: Miss Dietrich
Hear Me Good1957costumer
The Ten Commandments1956costumes
Hell's Island1955wardrobe supervisor
Sabrina1954costume supervisor
Secret of the Incas1954costumes
Jamaica Run1953costumer
Tropic Zone1953costumes: Miss Fleming
Hurricane Smith1952costumes
Caribbean1952costumes: Arlene Dahl
Stolen Face1952wardrobe: Lizabeth Scott
Hong Kong1952costumes: Miss Fleming
Submarine Command1951costumes
Crosswinds1951costumes: Miss Fleming
The Last Outpost1951costumes for Miss Fleming
Payment on Demand1951gowns: Bette Davis
All About Eve1950costume designer: Miss Bette Davis
The File on Thelma Jordon1950costumer
Samson and Delilah1949costumes

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Columbo1973TV SeriesEdith Head
The Pleasure of His Company1961Dress Designer (uncredited)
Lucy Gallant1955Edith Head
Hollywood Extra Girl1935Documentary shortEdith Head (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid1982this motion picture is affectionately dedicated to
Flying High1978TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edith Head1981TV Short documentaryHerself
Omnibus1980TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Special documentaryHerself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself
The Norman Gunston Show1975TV SeriesHerself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1975TV Series documentaryHerself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Costume Design
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHerself
In Melbourne Tonight1969TV SeriesHerself
The Linkletter Show1953-1968TV SeriesHerself
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
Girl Talk1967TV SeriesHerself
Penelope's Fashion Show1966Documentary shortHerself / Narrator (uncredited)
The Merv Griffin Show1966TV SeriesHerself
The Oscar1966Herself
The Lee Phillip Show1963TV SeriesHerself / guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Designer
The DuPont Show of the Week1962TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White & Nominee: Best Costume Design, Color
Person to Person1959TV Series documentaryHerself
This Is Your Life1959TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1959TV SeriesHerself
You Bet Your Life1955TV SeriesHerself - Costume Designer
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
The Costume Designer1950ShortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women2014DocumentaryHerself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Edith Head: The Paramount Years2002Video documentary shortHerself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life1997DocumentaryHerself - Pins Costume (uncredited)
The Hollywood Fashion Machine1995TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999Hall of FameCostume Designers Guild Awards
1997OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationBehind the ScenesCostume Design
1974OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume DesignThe Sting (1973)
1974Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureAwarded on April 24, 1974 at 6504 Hollywood Blvd.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsSpecial Award

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1961OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteThe Facts of Life (1960)· Edward Stevenson
1955OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteSabrina (1954)
1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteRoman Holiday (1953)
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteA Place in the Sun (1951)
1951OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteAll About Eve (1950)· Charles Le Maire
1951OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorSamson and Delilah (1949)· Dorothy Jeakins
· Elois Jenssen
· Gile Steele
· Gwen Wakeling
1950OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteThe Heiress (1949)· Gile Steele

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume DesignAirport '77 (1977)· Burton Miller
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume DesignThe Man Who Would Be King (1975)
1976BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Costume DesignThe Man Who Would Be King (1975)
1971OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume DesignAirport (1970)
1970OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume DesignSweet Charity (1969)
1967OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorThe Oscar (1966)
1966OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteThe Slender Thread (1965)
1966OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorInside Daisy Clover (1965)· Bill Thomas
1965OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteA House Is Not a Home (1964)
1965OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorWhat a Way to Go! (1964)· Moss Mabry
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteLove with the Proper Stranger (1963)
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteWives and Lovers (1963)
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorA New Kind of Love (1963)
1963OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
1963OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorMy Geisha (1962)
1962OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorPocketful of Miracles (1961)· Walter Plunkett
1961OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorPepe (1960)
1960OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteCareer (1959)
1960OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorThe Five Pennies (1959)
1959OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-White or ColorThe Buccaneer (1958)· Ralph Jester
· John Jensen
1958OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume DesignFunny Face (1957)· Hubert de Givenchy
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteThe Proud and Profane (1956)
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorThe Ten Commandments (1956)· Ralph Jester
· John Jensen
· Dorothy Jeakins
· Arnold Friberg
1956OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteThe Rose Tattoo (1955)
1956OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorTo Catch a Thief (1955)
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteCarrie (1952)
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorThe Greatest Show on Earth (1952)· Dorothy Jeakins
· Miles White
1949OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, ColorThe 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.
4I 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.
9You 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.
10I have yet to see one completely unspoiled star, except for Lassie.
11What 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.
12If it is a Paramount film, I probably designed it.
13I've designed films I've never seen.


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