Monday, December 5, 2011

Design Inspiration: Edith Head

"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." - Edith Head

Here is some Monday inspiration for you, from legendary costume designer Edith Head's 1967 book How to Dress for Success.  She has a great story -- though Head previously had no experience in costume design (she was teaching French at the Hollywood School for Girls), she was hired as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures in 1924 after looking to make some extra money and finding an ad in the classifieds for the position.

She went on to enjoy an illustrious career, designing costumes for such beloved films as A Place in the Sun, Roman HolidayRear Window, Funny Face and The Sting, and dressing the biggest starlets of the day, like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.  She was nominated for a staggering 35 Academy Awards.  She designed costumes until her death in 1981.

"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to prove you're a lady."

"Whatever your shortcomings, your clothes can perform minor miracles in camouflaging them."

"Don't let accessories overbalance you."

And lastly, some advice I definitely need to follow!

"Since time began, women have wailed to their poor spouses, ‘I haven’t a thing to wear.’ As far as I’m concerned, no woman in history ever had a right to make this complaint (with the possible exception of Lady Godiva). 

In my experience, most women who claim they have ‘nothing to wear’ have dozens of things that they never wear, either because they don’t fit or because they are inappropriate for the things they do and the places they go.
Building a proper wardrobe is like building a home. Indeed, you should think of it like a
home, because it is something you’re going to live in. It must be comfortable and suit all
your needs." 
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