Dressed to Impress

With more than a thousand movies, 35 Oscar nominations and eight Academy Award wins during her illustrious career, Edith Head defined Hollywood stardom. But behind the scenes is where the costume designer worked her magic. Tonight’s stage performance of A Conversation With Edith Head delves into her five-plus decades of impacting film and fashion culture.

Working for Paramount during the studio’s heyday, Head, who died in 1981, was known for managing wardrobes for dozens of films per year, dressing the likes of Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis and more. “She was an executive woman before there was such a thing,” says Susan Claassen, who wrote the script for A Conversation With Edith Head and stars in the one-woman show. Studying Head’s work in hundreds of films, listening to hours of interviews and combing the Academy’s archives — to which Head willed much of her estate — Claassen’s homage is sharply close to the real thing.

Each performance of the fully interactive show varies as Claassen blends history with reality in a colorful tribute to the beloved costume “magician”; be sure to stick around afterward, when the actress, still in character, answers pressing fashion questions.

A Conversation With Edith Head plays tonight only at 7 p.m. at the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine Street. Tickets are $25 to $100 and can be purchased at the box office, online, or by calling 303-595-3456. For more information, visit www.denverfilm.org.
Sun., March 3, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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