Bendigo Art Gallery comes alive as it hosts one of Hollywood’s greatest costume designer exhibitions, The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood till January 2018.
Regarded one of Hollywood’s most significant costume designers in the history of cinema, her work spans a 50-year career. Covering work from Paramount Pictures to Universal studios and working closely with many of Hollywood’s major stars, she worked on close to a thousand films.
“We are thrilled to bring the creations of Edith Head to Bendigo Art Gallery,” said Director Karen Quinlan. “Here is a true Hollywood taste-maker, whose designs played a huge role in the history of fashion, design and cinema, and yet they’ve rarely been seen in the public domain or outside the US.
Source: Bendigo Art Gallery
“This exhibition continues our ongoing commitment to highlighting the vital role female artists have played in twentieth century cinematic history. We are well aware, with the success of previous Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe exhibitions held here at Bendigo Art Gallery, that these stories not only need telling, but are also most enthusiastically welcomed by our audiences,” she said.
Edith Head received eight Academy Award throughout her career, the highest number ever received by a woman. Wise as well as talented, she was an expert at identifying ‘flaws’ in the bodies of those she dressed, tailoring and designing her work to disguise the imperfections of the wearer and highlighting their assets. Edith also developed a close, consultative relationship with many stars including Audrey Hepburn, Betty Davis, Shirley McLain, among many others.
The exhibition titled, The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood, contains such important pieces like Shirley Temple’s bright red costume from the 1934 film, Little Miss Marker, a three-piece evening gown from the 1941 film, The Lady Eve and a sportscoat worn by Cary Grant from Hitchcock’s 1955 film, To Catch a Thief.
A significantly fashion icon in her own right, Head’s work is a collection of more than 70 costumes designed from the 1930s to the 1960s and taken from the archives of Paramount and the Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design and other private collections – see the complete show on till 21 January 2018.
Curator Introduction to The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood. Source: Bendigo Art Gallery
The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood exhibition
Dates: 29 Sept – 21 Jan 2018. Place: Bendigo Art Gallery – 42 View Street, Bendigo.
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