Edith Head

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The Motion Picture Academy has recently created an official “Costume Designer’s Branch” of the organization, for the first time.  That seems a good reason to hear more about legendary Costume Designer Edith Head, whom WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us is still the most Oscar-nominated, Academy Award-winning woman in Oscar history. Here is this Fishko Files...





Here's a sampling of Edith Head's famous designs.













 Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday," 1953.















  Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief," 1955.















 Left: "Samson and Delilah," 1949.
"The Lady Eve, " 1941.          



Costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis on Edith Head's design for Bette Davis in All About Eve, and how it came off the mannequin and onto the screen very quickly.


More from the speakers featured in this week's Fishko Files...

Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie has designed for icons such as Diana Ross, Cher and Liza Minnelli. The "sultan of sequins," as Mackie's sometimes called, has received nine Emmy Awards and three Academy Award nominations.

Costume Designer and costume design historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis created Michael Jackson's red Thriller jacket (1983) and Harrison Ford's iconic fedora and jacket for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), among other famous costumes. She is the David C. Copley Chair, and Director of the Copley Center for Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. Her most recent book is Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design.


Special thanks...

  • Selected audio in this feature came courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • To hear the complete Edith Head interview (1975) conducted by freelance film critic and historian Tony Macklin, visit his website.


WNYC Production Credits...

Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister & Rob Weisberg

Associate Producer: Laura Mayer

Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann