“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.” (Edith Head)
If you’re a fan of classic movies, you’ve seen this name roll by on the credits more times than you can count. According to her page on imdb.com, Edith Head was the Costume Designer on 421 films, spanning 70 years. She is responsible for the clothing in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief and Vertigo; as well as Funny Face (starring Audrey Hepburn) and many Elvis movies. In fact, her style has inconspicuously imprinted itself on anyone who grew up watching old movies on TV (my favorites were always on Saturday afternoon).
Here is Carolyn Jones (later famous for her role as Morticia Addams in the original TV series). This is a scene from the Elvis movie King Creole. You can read more about her at the looseleaftigers blog.
Kim Novak wears this suit quite a bit in the movie Vertigo, so it really defines her look for the film. Her character gets a ‘makeover’ in this movie too, which is always fun (James Stewart’s character does the make over, which is kind of creepy).
This is a photo from Audrey Hepburn (Funny Face).
The examples I’ve chosen all show Edith Head’s respect for the simple – there are no big ruffles, poufs, or prints. This is also a sign of the times (the style at the time these movies were made). Nevertheless, Edith Head’s choices prove to be timeless – they would look good today.
“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” (Edith Head)
A classic skirt suit, available at overstock.com.
A yellow gold double mesh necklace.
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