2nd. Article in our 5 Week Series “Effective People Rarely Seen in the Spotlight”
No other costume designer in history is as well-known as Edith Head. The legendary costume designer won eight Academy Awards for her work outfitting Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Olivia de Havilland. Google a few days ago boosts the late Oscar winner’s popularity by making her, and her iconic designs, the search engine’s homepage in celebration of what would have been Head’s 116th birthday. The eccentric fashion designer Edna Mode who outfits the superheroes in Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles was modeled after her.
Edith’s ability to shape each gown to a character or image made her as popular with film directors as with the glamour girls she dressed in both their private lives and screen roles. Yet the image she devoted the most work to was her own. Her friendly frankness led to regular appearances on Art Linkletter’s daytime television show in the 1950s, offering advice to the un-chic.
The Costume Designer Today:
Costume Designer’s making Edith Head impressions on audiences today designed costumes for The Great Gatsby and The Butler this year.
CATHERINE MARTIN– who created the costumes for the long-awaited film version of The Great Gatsby, worked alongside Miuccia Prada and Brooks Brothers to create the Twenties-inspired costumes that the cast wear, including Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio. The designer has long been fascinated by the book’s time period, due to the social revolution that took place after World War I.
Ruth E. Carter-Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter was on HuffPost Live to talk about her latest project “The Butler” as well as her work on classic films like “Malcolm X” and “Amistad.”
As the Oscar season draws near we wish these costume designer’s the best luck. What films costume designs have made an impression on you this year and why?