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Edith Head, the best sort of designing woman

Edith Head, the best sort of designing woman

Eight-time Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head once explained that what she did was a cross between "magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not."

For more than five decades, Head was one of the cinema's top costume designers, rising to the head of the costume department at Paramount, which was unheard of in the male-dominated studio system. When the studio didn't renew her contract after 40 years, she moved to Universal, where she continued to work until her death in 1981 at 83.

Head was the favorite of many legendary directors, including Alfred Hitchcock ("To Catch a Thief," "Rear Window,"...

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