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Life after college …it’s amazing, we promise! #UCgrad14

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Spring livin’ suggestions: embody your favorite fashion icon

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Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 3 more days ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!

With a change of season, comes an obvious change in wardrobe. But the transition from winter to spring in Cleveland can be tough. Remember when it snowed on Easter? Audrey Hepburn, Beyonce, Billie Holiday, China Machado, Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Marilyn Monroe … and the list goes on … we’re continuously inspired by influential women in fashion. Here are our favorite looks from a few female style icons to help get you from winter to spring.

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Fridays with B&B: women who inspire us

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A weekly conversation between your campus Marketing gals Brittney & Becca. TGIF! 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are talking women who inspire us.

Becca: It started with a mood board. There’s a lot of women up there.
Britt: I’m glad we are celebrating Women’s History Month this year. I don’t remember doing anything for it last year since we both just started at Ursuline.
Becca: I agree! Let’s jump right into it. If you were to dress up as your favorite influential woman, who would it be?
Britt: Hm. That’s really tough. My mom?
Becca: You would dress up like your mom?
Britt: Yeah! She’s a babe!
Becca: No, no, let’s return to the moms later. A historical, well-known woman.
Britt: OK. I gotcha. I’m not sure. I do not look like many of the women who deeply inspire me. Does that matter?
Becca: Not at all. You’re capturing her essence.
Britt: Definitely Billie Holiday, then.
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#UCStyleFiles Honors Designer Edith Head

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A very special “doodle” in honor of the designer behind clothing of many iconic stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Image via Google.com

Today, Google.com’s “doodle” honors fashion designer, Edith Head (1897-1981) on what would have been her 116th birthday. Edith Head was born Edith Claire Posener in 1897 in California to Jewish immigrant parents and began her career in 1923 at the Players-Lasky Studio (Time Magazine). With dedication she worked her way up from an apprentice job, later being hired by Paramount Pictures as the first female head designer in 1938. Edith lacked experience in art and costume design, but learned diligently and was able to wow everyone with her skills she acquired on the job.

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Edith Head, shown with her most notable costume sketches. Image via Google

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This original sketch, autographed by Head, features a costume to be worn by actress Jeanmaire in Anything Goes (1956). Image via Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Reasearch.

Eventually Edith earned her first Academy award for designing Olivia de Havilland’s “spinster” outfit in the film, The Heiress in 1949 (Time Magazine). Edith celebrated an incredible amount of success throughout her career, as she was nominated for 35 Academy Awards–As noted by biographer Sarah Fisko: this included every year from 1948 through 1966, and Edith won eight times (“Edith Head”). Edith Head won more Oscars than any woman in the industry.  Edith Head’s designs were worn by celebrities in the 1940’s and 50’s which included the likes of Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood (Time Magazine).

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Grace Kelly wore this stunning satin gown designed by Edith Head to the 27th Annual Academy Awards as she accepted her Best Actress aaward for her role in the 1955 film, “The Country Girl.” (Image via Time Magazine)

Edith Head stood out from her male counterparts in the industry because her of “low-key” working style, often meeting exclusively with her clients. It is also noted that other studios would “loan” Edith Head’s services out to other production companies per the request of celebrities.  “Hollywood fashion designer Edith Head was the consummate movie designer. Edith was the go to designer and her designs are a legendary in the motion picture business. Edith understood color and fit.  Each of her movie creations often made the actual actress more famous.  Movie directors would ask for her to be on the movie production team. Her designs are one of the most photographed in the world. Edith Head won countless awards but her most cherished was the Oscar!”–Dr. Constance Korosec (Professor and Chair Fashion Ursuline College)

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(As quoted in Time Magazine’s article) Head once said, “There isn’t anyone I can’t make over.”

I happened to know quite a few dedicated Audrey Hepburn fans, here is what they had to say about Edith Head’s most notable “It Girl”:

Dr. Rachel Meyer, “Audrey Hepburn is one of many celebrities that served as the personality or inspiration behind Edith’s designs. It was in part Audrey’s popularity that gave life to the famous outfits.”

Becca Wrenn: “Audrey Hepburn’s style, often made possible by legendary designer Edith Head, continues to inspire me. She always presented her style as classic, minimal and elegant. My favorite Edith Head and Audrey Hepburn collaboration was in Billy Wilder’s film Sabrina. The costumes represented the character’s transformation and told the Cinderella story so well.”

Becca's favorite Edith Head design was featured in the movie "Sabrina" starring the iconic star, Audrey Hepburn.

Becca’s favorite Edith Head design was featured in the movie “Sabrina” starring the iconic star, Audrey Hepburn.

Brittney Edelman: “What inspires me about Audrey Hepburn’s style is how her clothes were seamless additions to her persona. Her garments didn’t own her or ever overwhelm. They accompanied and enhanced her personality and star power. Blacks, creams, chic hats and perfect dresses. Her style wasn’t all about clothes, either. Audrey’s impeccable style oozed from the tips of her polished brown hair to her groomed eyebrows, flawless skin and gazelle-like neck. She is the embodiment of classic.”
A montage of Brittney's favorite looks as worn by Audrey Hepburn.

A montage of Brittney’s favorite looks as worn by Audrey Hepburn.