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Edith Head was a world renown American dress maker. Edith Head was born in San Bernardino, California in the year 1897.

Head earned a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She went on to earn a M.A. degree from Stanford Univeristy. After college she took a job as a high school language teacher.

In 1924 when the Head was 26 years of age, she found employment as a costume designer for Paramount Studies. She later admitted she borrowed some drawings from better students. Over her career she became one of the best costume sketchers, but in the beginning the artist lacked the sense of graphic design in her drawings.

In this clip we view some selections from Edith Head’s career at Paramount Studios:

Over the lengthy career of Edith Head she was nominated for an Academy Award 35 times and won 8 Oscars, more than any other woman.

In 1967 when Head was 70 years of age, she left Paramount Studios and moved to Universal Studios. She remained with Universal until her death in 1981 at the age of 83.

Edith Head was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Head was great at drawing folds in clothes and showing movement.

In this clip a great selection of works by Edith Head:

Head was also the basis for the character Edna Mode in the Incredibles series created by Pixar studios. This is the last picture in the gallery.

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Edith Head was a master at costume design and also a prolific artist. Head’s work as an artist is similar to that of the costume designer Erté . Erté’s work is amazing to see in person.