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December 26, 2010 8:19 pm · Posted by CAMartinsky

Happy Holidays everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying the holidays with family and friends and have received some goodies you asked for.

I know I am...I'm so happy to see it's snowing outside, we haven't had a white Christmas in quite some time.

On Christmas eve I was watching a movie with my mother and brother that I have literally been raised on. I'm sure many of you have watched this favorite as well and if you haven't, you must asap.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas is a timeless classic--one that I have watched an infinite amount of times in my 24 years. I'm sure my family and I could act it out in its entirety (we'll leave that to Bing, Danny and the rest though). Sure, some parts may be cheesy but it was a sign of the times and honestly, how can you not feel good watching it? Maybe you don't have a heart. The dancing is fantastic (Vera Ellen, highly underrated and far too short of a career), respected actors, wonderful singing, and gorgeous costumes.

The next time you watch White Christmas, pay close attention to the wardrobe. Such classic, beautiful clothes.

Edith Head, born in 1897 in California, was responsible for the beautiful creations. Hunt received eight Academy Awards over her career for her work on films including All About Eve, Sabrina, and The Sting. Head was nominated for 35 Academy Awards from 1948-1966. In winning eight Oscars, Head found a place in history as having more than any other woman.

After obtaining her BA in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley in 1918 and an MA in Romantic Languages from Stanford Univ. in 1920, Head began her career as a languages teacher at Bishop's School in La Jolla, California where she specialized in Spanish. Head was only there for a short period of time, taking a position as a languages and art teacher at Hollywood School for Girls.

It was in 1924 that Head landed perhaps her first monumental job, with Paramount Pictures as a costume sketch artist (despite having art design or costume design experience).

By the '30s Head had established herself as one of Hollywood's leading costume designers.

Head continued working for Paramount for 44 years before moving to Universal Pictures in March of 1967. She would remain there until her death in 1981.

Head's career was highlighted by many achievements, at one point even designing a women's uniform for the United States Coast Guard in the late '70s due to the increasing number of women in the organization.

Known for trademark dark glasses, they were originally worn to see how clothes would appear in black and white. The first lens were blue and later transitioned to dark gray.

It is apparent Edith Head has left her mark on our culture, even to this day; she has been referenced in song lyrics and movies--the character "Edna Mode" in Disney Pixars The Incredibles was a model of Head.

Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Bing Crosby  

Rosemary Clooney

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