Edith Head designed film costumes in Hollywood for the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Natalie Wood. Today (Oct. 28), on what would have been her 116th birthday, Google Doodle celebrated Head and her illustrious career as a fashion designer.

The “doodle” on Google’s homepage today features six sketches of dresses created by Head and made famous by the leading ladies who donned them. Behind the colorful sketches, the “Google” logo appears in a watercolor palate to match the designs in the foreground. Front and center on the doodle, is a sketch of Head herself, decked out in a tan skirt suit and accessorized with a strand of pearls and her signature large black glasses.

Head, who became the first female head designer at Paramount Pictures in 1938, worked on a total of 1,000 films, earing upwards of 30 Oscar nominations. To this day, Head remains the winningest female at the Academy Awards, having pulled in eight statues during the course of her career. Two of her Oscars were for Audrey Hepburn films – Roman Holiday and Sabrina. Though she wasn’t nominated for her work on Vertigo, The Birds or Rear Window, Head’s collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock has widely been recognized as pivotal for the aesthetic the director wished to achieve for his leading ladies.


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Head also designed ensembles for Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth and Ingrid Bergman and films All About Eve and A Place in the Sun. Her reputation as a premiere costume designer with the ability to please directors and the actresses she dressed while still serving the films, earned her the nickname “the Doctor.”

Head’s likeness was used for that of the superhero costume designer Edna Mode in 2004 animated film The Incredibles.

– Chelsea Regan

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