Celebrating Edith Head’s 116th Birthday

By Alexis Galmin
Photos: Google


On Monday, Oct. 28, Google attributed the Google Doodle on its homepage to Edith Head, a legendary designer who won 8 Academy Awards during her triumphant career – holding the record for the most Oscars won by an individual woman to this day. Oct. 28 celebrated the designers 116th birthday.

Edith began her career as a French teacher at the Hollywood School for Girls, where she later accepted an offer to teach an art class though she had no experience with art and could not draw. To stay a step ahead of her students, Head began taking night art classes and eventually applied for a job with Paramount Pictures as a costume sketch artist and began her work there in 1924.

This was the beginning of her triumph in the industry. She worked for Paramount for 43 years before moving to Universal in 1967 at age 70, when most people her age were well into their retirement.

Her career is marked by the iconic styles she created for some of Hollywood’s most glamorous women. Among those women were Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.

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