Donald Robertson, conjures the spirit of iconic costume designer, Edith Head.
Certainly, Head is a worthy subject to worship. The eight-time Academy Award winner presided over Paramount’s wardrobe department from 1924 to 1967 and her services were sought after by virtually every leading lady of the day, from Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor to Hitchcock heroines like Grace Kelly and Kim Novak. She was known for her scrupulous attention to detail (screen tests or what she called “personality tests” would be conducted just to capture an actress’ movements and posture) and pithy style edicts like “A dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to prove you're a lady.”
For his inaugural file as a VIOLET GREY Artist in Residence, Robertson dashed off an exclusive series of drawings for both the studio on Melrose Place and this month's cover story that depict Head doling out style inspiration to some of this year’s Emmy-nominated actresses. “It’s easy to draw people if you zero in on one thing,” he explained, when asked of his lighting fast speed. “For instance, Kerry Washington: mouth, Julianna Margulies: black hair. Robin Wright: nose. She has a great, not-perfect nose.”
As for Head, Robertson focused on her signature blunt cut, governess-style bangs and Coke-bottle glasses. Afterward, he hinted that the late designer might become a recurring character in his repertoire. “The few pictures I have posted of her, just as a test, oh my god, people go crazy. They really love her.”
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