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Happy Birthday, Edith Head! Watch Audrey Hepburn’s 1951 Screen and Costume Test for ‘Roman Holiday’ (VIDEO)

Happy Birthday, Edith Head! Watch Audrey Hepburn's 1951 Screen and Costume Test for 'Roman Holiday' (VIDEO)

To celebrate the birthday of bespectacled costuming legend Edith Head (1897-1981), check out this fascinating behind-the-scenes video for 1953’s “Roman Holiday.” 

The William Wyler classic romance, co-starring Gregory Peck, launched the career of Audrey Hepburn and won her an Oscar. In the video, made in 1951, we see a charmingly reserved Hepburn give a “personality test” for viewers. Head explains the costume she’s provided for Hepburn — a chic blouse with sleeves rolled up and pair of trousers. “You see, she’s supposed to be a princess disguised as
an ordinary girl on the streets of Rome. So we made her a simple costume, so she
wouldn’t look different,” says Head. “In the picture, she had to look
casual, informal and we felt, due to the heat of Rome in summer, a girl would
really do this sort of thing.”

Check out critic Carrie Rickey’s tribute to Head here; Huffington Post tribute here.

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