What Would Cecil B. DeMille Wear?

 

“Remember you’re a star. Never go across the alley even to dump the garbage unless you’re dressed to the teeth.” Cecil B.

This, by the way, is the costume that drove Edith Head to the brink. She knew the concept was not period appropriate but she also knew the extravagance would appeal to DeMille. It was the only sketch she ever presented that he had a kind word for and she was rewarded by his approval with a mandate to go to his ranch during molting season and collect feathers — her staff collected nearly 2,000.

“The cape, which attached at the shoulders and formed a train several yards long, was covered with iridescent feathers, each hand-sewn or glued in place.” Edith Head’s Hollywood by Edith Head and Paddy Calistro.

Click on the photo if you want a ton of detail, and above if you want a copy of the book.

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