By Nadine Kam
And we thought geeks were unfashionable ... it's nice to see Google make a nod to the fashion community with its logo tribute to the late eight-time Oscar-winning Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, whose birthday is today.
The designer, born in 1897, had no art, design or costume design experience when she was hired as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures in 1924, but created her first costumes for "The Wanderer" in 1925 and by the 1930s established herself as one of Hollywood's leading costume designers, dressing stars such as Mae West, Dorothy Lamour, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and George's mother Rosemary Clooney.
She was working on 1940s-style costumes for the Steve Martin and Carl Reiner comedy "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," starring Steve Martin and Carl Reiner when she died on Oct. 24, 1981, and the film was dedicated to her memory.
Edith Head with her Oscars.
She dressed Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in "To Catch A Thief."