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Hollywood costume designer Edith Head talks fashion

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“Have you got good legs?" Eight-time Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head cuts right to the chase with the CBC's Bob McLean. They are having an animated discussion of current fashion for men, and she would like to see men wearing kilts -- including, perhaps, her host. Miss Head is in Toronto to promote her new line of Vogue sewing patterns, and she has brought the costumes she designed for some of Hollywood’s most famous beauties. In this 1980 interview, Head discusses the designs and the actresses they were made for, her current work and the picture she most enjoyed working on. As a bonus, she gives McLean a quick fashion makeover in the style of Fred Astaire.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Bob McLean Show
Broadcast Date: Dec. 30, 1980
Host: Bob McLean
Guest: Edith Head
Duration: 854

Did You know?


• Edith Head was born Oct. 28, 1897, and died Oct. 24, 1981.  She had 35 Academy Award nominations for costume design and won eight times.  

• The original broadcast date of this interview was Feb. 16, 1980. Head was in Toronto to promote her line of sewing patterns for Vogue, and she appeared at Eaton's downtown for two lunch-hour fashion shows.  

• Miss Head told another CBC interviewer about her unusual suggestion for how a woman can "disassociate" and analyze her own figure: she suggested a woman look at herself in front of a full-length mirror with a paper bag over her head, because when a woman looks at herself in the mirror it is difficult to be critical and objective when her own face is looking back at her.


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