The Bendigo Art Gallery has developed a great reputation for fashion exhibitions and the new one is sure to be one of the best: a display dedicated to Edith Head, perhaps the greatest of Hollywood costume designers and the woman who has won more Academy Awards than any other.
From the site:
Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in film history, and today her name is synonymous with Hollywood costume during the twentieth century. Over her 50-year career in studio costume – first at Paramount Pictures and later at Universal Studios – Head worked closely with many of Hollywood’s brightest stars on close to a thousand films. Head was a designer whose greatest skill was her capacity to recognise apparent ‘flaws’ in the bodies she dressed, using drape, cut and pattern to disguise these imperfections and to highlight the wearer’s ‘assets’.
The Costume Designer brings together more than seventy costumes designed by Head from the 1930s to the 1960s and taken from the archives of Paramount as well as from the Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design and other private collections. Edith Head’s virtuosity as a designer is undeniable – from beautifully tailored suits and simple day dresses, to glamourous evening gowns, period dresses and performance costumes.
Films highlighted in the exhibition include: The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah, The Emperor’s Waltz, Sunset Boulevard, Vertigo, The Heiress and many more. The exhibition features costumes worn by Shirley Temple, Gloria Swanson, Veronica Lake, Olivia De Havilland, Dorothy Lamour, Jane Russell, Hedy Lamarr, Anne Baxter, Fred Astaire and Yul Brynner, costumes rarely seen outside the US or on public display.
Here are the details:
What: The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood exhibition
When: 29th September 2017 – 21st Jan 2018
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo, VIC 3550
Cost: $15 for an adult, and $12 for concession. Full details and Tickets on sale now.
More information available at the website. Click here.
All images reproduced courtesy the Bendigo Art Gallery.