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AT SKYLIGHT: JEANNE WALKER HARVEY presents DRESSING UP THE STARS

Author Jeanne Walker Harvey, and her book DRESSING UP THE STARS

Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head (Beach Lane Books)

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 JeanneHarvey.com.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head By Jeanne Walker Harvey, Diana Toledano (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534451056
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 20th, 2022