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Edith Head papers, 1934-1965

Head, Edith

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  • Format Mixed Materials
  • Physical Details
    • 15.4 c.f. (7 archives boxes and 21 flat boxes)
  • OCLC ocn145800494, ocn145770963
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  • Papers of Edith Head, a well known motion picture costume designer. Watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil sketches, many bearing notes on fabric and costs, comprise the majority of the collection. In addition to designs for All About Eve (20th Century-Fox, 1950), The Five Pennies (Paramount, 1959), Love With a Proper Stranger (Paramount, 1963), Pepe (Columbia, 1960), Sabrina (Paramount, 1954), and To Catch a Thief (Paramount, 1955), all of which received Academy awards or nominations for costuming, there are examples of her work for Artists and Models (Paramount, 1955), Breakfast at Tiffany's (Paramount, 1961), Come Blow Your Horn (Paramount, 1963), The Pleasure of His Company (Paramount, 1956), and Wives and Lovers (Paramount, 1963). Also included in the collection are some miscellaneous special designs, portions of her book The Dress Doctor (1959), and related correspondence, biographical clippings, and articles.


  • Most of the collection is also available as a microfilm publication titled Edith Head Sketches (Washington, D.C.: Brookhaven Press, 1977).
  • A positive copy of the microfilm is cataloged in the SHSW Library.
  • Presented by Edith Head, Los Angeles, California, 1967-1968, and Elizabeth Barranca, 2011.
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