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.

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Dressing Up the Stars

The Story of Movie Costume Designer
Edith Head

Dressing Up the Stars

Dressing Up the Stars






Diana Toledano

Beach Lane Books

(Simon & Schuster)

3–8 years



text copyright (c) 2022 Jeanne Walker Harvey

illustrations copyright (c) 2022  Diana Toledano.


featuring Jeanne & Diana


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Edith Head

“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not.”

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“To be a good designer in Hollywood, one has to be a combination of psychiatrist, artist, fashion designer, dressmaker, pin cushion, historian, nursemaid, and purchasing agent too.”