Edith Head

If it weren't for Edith Head, Happy Yellow Dress wouldn't exist. She designed soooooo much of the gorgeous clothing worn on film by Grace Kelly, (our idol), Audrey Hepburn and the like. These old films inspired us to do what we do, bringing back that classic sophisticated, but fun retro look for everyday wear.

 Edith Head wearing her trademark round glasses

Edith Head wearing her trademark round glasses

Edith Head started her career as a French Teacher, and eventually, (shadily), scored a job teaching art, (while taking art classes herself, unbeknownst to her employer). This eventually led to an assistant sketch artist role, also obtained by shady means, (she used her classmate's work in her portfolio), for a designer at Paramount. She would go on to work at Paramount as lead costume designer for over 30 years, only leaving after her 43rd year to work with her good friend Alfred Hitchcock, (another of our heroes), at Universal.

 Here is Edith Head collaborating with Alfred Hitchcock

Here is Edith Head collaborating with Alfred Hitchcock

Here is a sketch by Edith of our alllll time favourite dress worn by Grace Kelly in the Alfred Hitchcock film "Rear Window". You can read more about that in our previous post here: http://www.happyyellowdress.com/new-blog/grace-kelly 

 A sketch by Edith Head of her dress design for Grace Kelly's character in "Rear Window".

A sketch by Edith Head of her dress design for Grace Kelly's character in "Rear Window".

And here is the resulting dress as worn by Grace Kelly in the film:

 Grace Kelly in the Alfred Hitchcock film "Rear Window"

Grace Kelly in the Alfred Hitchcock film "Rear Window"

Welp! That's it for now. Hope you enjoyed reading about one of our many idols! 

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