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For my very first Beautiful Love of Fashion Blog series on influential style tastemakers, I wanted to pay homage to some of the most influential style Icons who inspired me to fall in love with fashion and storytelling through this beautiful art form called wardrobe/costume design. These style tastemakers and trailblazers sparked my love and passion for television, film and fashion. Style Icons that really set the bar for my fashion aesthetic, taste level and ignited my desire to want to become a fashion/wardrobe stylist.
Edith Head was one of the most prolific costume designers in 20th century film, winning a record eight Academy Awards. She became chief designer at Paramount Pictures in 1933 and later worked at Universal.
In 1924, despite lacking art, design, and costume design experience, the 26-year old Head was hired as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures in the costume department. Later she admitted to “borrowing” other student’s sketches for her job interview. When the bosses at Paramount Pictures saw the drawings, she was instantly given the job. They soon realized that she could not draw but they also realized that she was a quick learner. So they made her an assistant to Howard Greer, the lead designer at the studio, and soon her career moved upwards.
Edith Head was nominated for almost 55 Oscars and won a record eight Academy Awards for her work in films such as All about Eve (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), and The Sting (1973).