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Legendary Ladies Auction 2004

Legendary Ladies of Hollywood

Edith Head & June Van Dyke Collection

About the Auction : Judy Garland : Edith Head : Phyllis Diller : Press Release
Edith Head

Arguably the most famous costume designer in Hollywood history, Edith Head was also one of the most prolific, having costumed for more than 500 films. She employed her formidable talent and versatility designing everything from westerns to monster movies, intimate romances to Biblical spectacles. By 1976, Head had received a remarkable eight Academy Awards and a total of thirty-three Academy Award nominations.

During her prolific career Edith Head frequently averaged 35 film projects a year. She designed for such greats as Alfred Hitchcock, Bing Crosby, Jerry Lewis, Gary Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Audrey Hepburn. She made fashion history with the sarong she created for Dorothy Lamour in "The Jungle Princess" and the shoulder-tied boatneck for Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina."

In 1938, she became Head Designer at Paramount until 1967. After leaving Paramount she worked at Universal and also designed for various films for MGM, Warners, Columbia, and Fox. While at Paramount Edith mentored and relied heavily on June Van Dyke as a producer of her fashion shows.

In this rare and one of a kind collection you will find costumes from many of the great films that Edith Head designed for Hollywood's greatest stars of the Golden Era. This offering will consist of more than 200 costumes and accessories from their personal collection. Please check back with us in the months to come for a complete listing and details of this amazing sale.

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