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Whether you already knew of costume designer Edith Head or are learning of her story for the first time, this inspiring true story is a celebration of fashion, grit and determination.
~Ali Dunn, Me Two Books
Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head
Written by Jeanne Walker Harvey
Illustrated by Diana Toledano
Ages 3-8 | 40 Pages
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
About the Book: Discover the true story of how a shy miner’s daughter became one of the most legendary costume designers in Hollywood in this inspiring nonfiction picture book biography.
As a child in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, Edith Head had few friends and spent most of her time dressing up her toys and pets and even wild animals using fabric scraps. She always knew she wanted to move somewhere full of people and excitement. She set her sights on Hollywood and talked her way into a job sketching costumes for a movie studio.
Did she know how to draw or sew costumes? No. But that didn’t stop her!
Edith taught herself and tirelessly worked her way up until she was dressing some of the biggest stars of the day, from Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly to Ginger Rogers. She became the first woman to head a major Hollywood movie studio costume department and went on to win eight Academy Awards for best costume design—and she defined the style of an era.
Jeanne Walker Harvey studied literature and psychology at Stanford University and has worn many job hats, ranging from being a roller coaster ride operator to an attorney, a middle school language arts teacher, and a long-time docent for school groups at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is the author of several books for young readers, including the picture book biographies Dressing up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head, Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas, and Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines. Jeanne lives in Northern California.
Visit her online at www.jeanneharvey.com.
Themes: real-life story, careers, determination
How does a young, shy girl living near a mine in Nevada become an Oscar winning costume designer? Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head is a biographical picture book that beautifully answers this question. Edith spent her early life making costumes for her stuffed animals, pets, and friends.
After attending college and becoming a teacher, her passion for movies landed her a job in the costume department of a movie studio. She couldn't draw, and her early career was wrought with mistakes and failures. But she never gave up. She became a well-respected, highly sought after designer winning 8 Oscars for her work. Whether you already knew of costume designer Edith Head or are learning of her story for the first time, this inspiring true story is a celebration of fashion, grit and determination.
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