Happy 116th Birthday, Edith Head: A Google Doodle For A 20th Century (cat lady) Fashionista

Cynthia:  Look what popped up on Google today.

Google Doodle for Edith Head’s 116th Birthday

Cynthia:  It’s a Google Doodle celebrating what would have been Hollywood Costume Designer, Edith Head’s, 116th Birthday!

Edith Head won 8 Academy Awards for costume designing. She dressed some of the most famous and elegant movies stars from the 1920’s -1970’s.

Grace Kelly

Edith Head designed gown for Grace Kelly
Rear Window, 1954
Edith Head designed gown for Grace Kelly
for The Academy Awards, 1955

Elizabeth Taylor

Edith Head designed gown for Elizabeth Taylor
A Place In The Sun, 1951
Edith Head designed gown for Elizabeth Taylor
A Place In The Sun, 1951

Barbara Stanwyck

Edith Head designed dress for Barbara Stanwyck
Ball Of Fire, 1941

Dorothy Lamour

Edith Head designed gown for Dorothy Lamour
The Jungle Princess, 1936

Cynthia:  Edith Head was popular among these movie stars because she collaborated with them to make clothes that fit and showcased what was unique about their bodies but not so over the top that they detracted from their performances. She was a true artist in that she made clothes to help tell the story and not to feed her own ego. And oh my gosh they are soooo beautiful!

And ya know what else about, Edith?  She loved her cat!

Edith Head and her Cat

Cynthia:  Which of course makes us love her even more.

Marcy:  Well of course. Who is this again? Edith Butt?

Cynthia:  Marcy! Edith Head.

Marcy:  Sorry. What? Edith Arm?

Cynthia:  Head.

Marcy:  Foot?

Cynthia:  Oh you think you are so funny.

Marcy purrs smugly.

Cynthia:  Shall we give a toast to Edith?

Marcy:  How about an english muffin?

Cynthia:  Now you are just being silly.

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  To the First Cat Lady Fashionista of the 20th Century! Happy Birthday, Edith Head!



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  • Reply GnomeLover October 29, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Wow! I love that you know your fashion, Cynthia! I had never heard of Edith Head. And now, with Marcy's play on words, I will never forget that name! I love all of her gowns. You are so right, they fit each woman and her body type perfectly! My favorite is Grace Kelly's "Rear Window" gown. It is so lovely. Thanks for teaching me something! So cool! Happy Birthday Edith!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Jenni!
      Her body of work is immense. It was difficult picking out just a few photos. She is credited for creating Audrey Hepburn's iconic look. It's also funny to hear her talk about these seemingly perfect actresses bodies as imperfect – "oh – Grace Kelly was too tall and had a short waist and this is how we fixed that with clothes" or -"oh Audrey had such broad shoulders and a too long neck and was straight up and down as a board and this is how we made her look great with clothes" Of course, I am paraphrasing! LOL All of the actresses LOVED working with her!

  • Reply Anonymous October 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Those really are beautiful dresses. My favorite is also Grace Kelly's "Rear Window."

  • Reply Anonymous October 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I like the Grace Kelly Academy Awards dress. The color is incredible. I wish there was a front and back view.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 31, 2013 at 4:24 am

      If you do a google search with the keywords – Grace Kelly Academy Awards 1955 – a bunch of pictures of this dress show up! She looked amazing from every angle. I agree, that blue is incredibly beautiful!

  • Reply Whimsical Preppy November 2, 2013 at 3:54 am

    I'm a big Edith Head fan too and I loved seeing all of the celebrity photos!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Big sigh… aren't those dresses just fabulous!! It was so difficult picking just a few to post. Love love love Edith Head!

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