An intimate biography of Edith Head, Hollywood's most prolific and controversial costume designer, illustrated with sketches and photographs of her best designs and the stars who wore them.
The late Edith Head was Hollywood's most successful costume designer, and one of its most enigmatic, intriguing, and enduring figures. Launching her career as a novice sketch artist in 1923, she drew on both talent and cunning to become Paramount's top designer for four decades, contributing to more than 1,000 films and earning an unprecedented 35 Oscar nominations (8 of which she won).
In this biography, friend and film historian David Chierichetti takes us inside Edith Head's extraordinary life, both personal and professional, revealing the complex and surprising person behind her trademark sunglasses. More than simply a portrait of Head, this book is a fascinating look into Hollywood's insular, often treacherous studio system, and the many stars that Head dressed, including Veronica Lake, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Mae West, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Gary Cooper, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn.
Filled with rare sketches and photographs, this book will mesmerise anyone interested in film history, costume design, or fashion.