The name, Edith Head is synonymous with the ideals of classic Hollywood glamour. She created some of the most breathtaking costumes that ever graced the big screen. For decades, she was one of the most sought after designers in the land of film. This innovative and dedicated woman created outfits that remain unsurpassed in the decades since her passing. Drive and creativity allowed Edith to leave her make on an industry that she loved, and carved out a place for herself in film history. Below is an article written in 2009 addressing the Edith Head film series regarding her costume collection that was being featured at the Museum of Fine Arts. The article was written by Christopher Muther for the Boston Globe. Though, this exhibition has concluded, the article itself features unique highlights of her illustrious career. Following the article will be a select few of my personal favorites of the fashion genius….Miss Head.
While doing some further research on Rita Hayworth, I stumbled across an article that captured my attention. It is a fascinating piece of journalism that explores why many current starlets are opting for the classic glam look of the 40’s and 50’s rather than some of the fashions that dominated later generations. While there is no concrete explanation, the author eludes to the fact that in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, styles and fashion were dominated by the feminist ideal of “don’t look at me for my beauty, look at me for my brains, my power.” The screen sirens’ styles that the author states are being revisited were none other than Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. With the Oscars just around the corner, it will be interesting to watch and see which stars follow in the steps of these classic fashion icons. The whole article can be read by clicking this link.
One of the most essential components of classic hollywood can be summed up in one word: Glamour. Many of the men and women who possessed the big screen appeared almost supra-human onscreen. They were gods and goddesses that walked among us. Flaw-less complexions, perfect make-up, hair styles that never fell out of place (never a bad hair-day in the lot), wardrobes fit for kings and queens, and a certain elegance that made them appear all the more ‘perfect.’ However, many of these stars had to go through painful and unpleasant practices in order to maintain the ideal screen presence.
While flipping through the pages of a Photoplay magazine from November of 1931, I stumbled across a rather intriguing article. It was entitled, “What Becomes of the Clothes the Stars Wear on the Screen.” Unlike today, the leading ladies of classic cinema were often encased in the most visually enchanting and alluring clothes that a person could ever dream of. Studios made it a priority to dress their stars in the best, and make them appear as the epitome of class to the public. However, where do all of these gowns go after they their purpose for a film has been carried out? That is what this article seeks to explore.