Today, October 28, 2013, would have been designer Edith Head’s 116th birthday. If you haven’t seen the Google Doodle, take a peak.
Edith Head was Delta Zeta’s 1960 Convention initiate. She was a member of Mu Chapter at the University of California-Berkeley. She was a Berkeley graduate and had a master’s degree from Stanford University. She started as a teacher, took a few art courses so she could teach art, and by happenstance, applied for a job at one of the studios. Her hard work and perseverance paid off.
In 1968, she was Delta Zeta’s Woman of the Year. She had an unprecedented 35 Oscar nominations, of which she won eight. Moreover, she had 400 film credits over the course of her 50-year career. She was the first female head of a movie studio costume design department.
She lent her many talents to the Southern California Council of Delta Zeta for their Lamplighters’ Flame Fantasy fashion show and luncheon during the 1960s and 1970s. The February 1968 show took place in the Century Plaza Hotel. More than a 1,000 alumnae and their friends attended the show. According to pre-event publicity, “Delta Zeta’s own Edith Head, Academy Award winning costume designer and noted author, will commentate the couturier show which will feature original California designs.”
Betty Davis called her “one of Hollywood’s greatest designers. She was an amazing woman in a field that was dominated by men in the 1930s and 1940s. While other designers were busy starring their clothes in a film, Edith was making clothes to suit a character; for her, the character always came first.”
Delta Zeta’s Foundation awards a scholarship in her name. Members studying fashion design or a related field are eligible. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6504 Hollywood Blvd.