Oscar Artists: Head, Edith–Hollywood’s Best Costume Designer

Hollywood’s best-known costume designer, Edith Head, was nominated for 35 Oscars, winning 8.  She received her first nomination in 1948 and her first Oscar a year later for The Heiress.

In 1977, Head received her last (35th) Oscar nomination for “Airport ’77.”

From 1948 to 1966, Head received a nomination every year. There were years in which she was nominated for both the black-and-white and color cinematography. Most of her work was solo, but she also collaborated with other designers, such as Charles LeMaire in “All About Eve.”

Ironically, she never won an Oscar for a Hitchcock film, though she was nominated for “To Catch a Thief.” In 1954, she received the Oscar for black-and-white costume in “Sabrina,” but strangely was not nominated for her designs for Grace Kelly in “Rear Window,” in which the star displayed Head’s most famous gowns.

Oscar Nominations: 35

Oscar Awards: 8

Complete List of Nominations

1948: The Emperor Waltz
1949: The Heiress (won b/w with Gile Steele)
1950: Samson and Delilah (won, color, with Dorothy Jeakins, Elois Jenssen, Gile Steele, and Gwen Wakeling)
1950: All About Eve (won b/w with Charles LeMaire)
1951: A Place in the Sun (won b/w)
1952: Carrie
1952: The Greatest Show on Earth (color, with Dorothy Jeakins and Miles White)
1953: Roman Holiday (won b/w)
1954: Sabrina (won, b/w)
1955: The Rose Tattoo (b/w)
1955: To Catch a Thief (color)
1956: The Proud and the Profane (b/w)
1956: The Ten Commandment (color, with Ralph Jester
1957: Funny Face (with Hubert de Givenchy)
1958: The Buccaneer
1959: The Five Pennies (color)
1959: Career
1960: The Facts of Life (won b/w with Edward Stevenson)
1960: Pepe (color)
1961: Pocketful of Miracles (color, with Walter Plunkett)
1962: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (b/w)
1962: My Geisha (color)
1963: A New kind of Love (b/w)
1963: Wives and Lovers (b/w)
1963: Love With the Proper Stranger (b/w)
1964: What a Way to Go (color, with Moss Mabry)
1964: A House Is Not a Home (b/w)
1965: The Slender Thread (b/w)
1965: Inside Daisy Glover (color)
1966: The Oscar (color)
1969: Sweet Chairty
1970: Airport
1973: The Sting (won)
1975: The Man Who Would Be King
1977: Airport ’77