Hollywood designer to feature at gallery

Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head will feature in an exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in September.

Head, who had a 50-year career in Hollywood, is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema.

She won eight Oscars from 35 nominations between 1949 and 1978.

The exhibition is aptly titled The Costume Designer and brings together more than seventy costumes from the 1930s to the 1960s. Pieces on display have come from the archives of Paramount, the Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design and other private collections.

Garments worn by Shirley Temple, Olivia De Havilland, Jane Russell, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Yul Brynner will be featured as will items from films such as The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah, Sunset Boulevard, Vertigo, The Heiress and many more. 

Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan said she was thrilled to exhibit Head’s creations.

“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,” Ms Quinlan said.   

Bendigo Art Gallery presents The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood from September 29 to January 21. Tickets on sale from July 3.