Last night I had the opportunity to see Conversation With Edith Head a one woman show starring Susan Claassen. This is a wonderful look into the world and mind of Edith Head. And, for a 90 minute play with no intermission time really flew. Continue reading
Probably my favorite era for fashion is 1920’s. Check out this colorized video of 1920’s fashion and the music is really the bee’s knees. There is an orange coat that is stunning and could quite easily be copied. The coats have amazing linings. Love the hats, the music the fashion. How about you? Do you have a favorite era for inspiration?
Love these old posters from the WPA. As with anything the government does the WPA had its share of controversies as well as successes. I find the idea of training, educating people to learn sewing and handcrafts to be pretty darn cool. Many participants of the WPA were women. Women of the time still did a lot of their sewing by hand. WPA classes taught women how to sew with machines, pattern drafting, knitting and more. Some women were put to work making bedding, clothing and other items for hospitals. This sewing skill would come in handy during the war years with women going to work in factories making various fiber items for the war effort.
I’ve been reading one of Edith Head’s biographies and have come to her work on What A Way To Go with Shirley MacClaine and Robert Mitchum as well as Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman and Dick Van Dyke. This 5 minute clip will give you a quick look at a few of the fabulous costumes from this movie. Apparently Mitchum and MacClaine were having an affair at the time so their constant I-love-you’s might not have been all that hard to utter. And, yes this is a movie for which her work was nominated for an Oscar for Costume Design. If you love costumes, Edith Head or just a silly movie this fits the bill. Check it out!
The government calls on women and children all across the country to get knitting for the boys and the war effort. Socks wore out fast and men needed to change them frequently if possible. Cold, wet feet were not only uncomfortable but could cause a host of problems if not addressed quickly.
Here is a little dose of history. It’s over 9 minutes long but it’s quite interesting. At around 5:30 watch the human sewing machine!
The blogosphere will be popping with plenty of tributes to the Divine Miss H. She worked on almost 500 films and dressed the biggest stars in Hollywood. For me it would be impossible to pick a favorite dress or movie. Here is my small tribute with a few favorite sketches, quotes and a bibliography where you can slowly drink up all the talent, controversy and inspiration that is Edith Head.