OKLAHOMA CITY (May 28, 2024) -The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) today announced the programming schedule that will accompany its summer exhibition Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer. The exhibition, which opens to the public Saturday, June 22, is organized by OKCMOA and presented by The Ann Lacy Foundation.  


“We are excited to provide a wide array of programming for Edith Head that parallels the exhibition itself: both educational and entertaining,” said Bryon Chambers, head of education. “There will be opportunities for everyone to learn something new, get creative, and see Hollywood costume design in a new light.” 


The programming schedule kicks off with members’ preview events and is followed by tours, Drop-In Art, the Museum Book Club, and more.  



Tuesday, June 18 

5-8 p.m. | Exclusive Preview 

Experience the premiere of Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer during this private preview opportunity for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s VIPs. By invitation only. 


5 p.m. | Reception Begins 

Celebrate this original, new exhibition with a walk down the red carpet before indulging in cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Kam’s Kookery in the Museum Lobby. 


6 p.m. | Edith Head: The Paramount Years 

Learn more about Edith Head’s legendary career with Randall Thropp, manager of the costume archive at Paramount Pictures, in the Noble Theater. 



Thursday, June 20 

6-8 p.m. | Exclusive Preview and Rooftop Celebration 

Join Moderns members to privately preview Edith Head: Hollywood's Costume Designer. Then, join us on the Roof Terrace to capture your own red carpet moment while indulging in light bites by Kam's Kookery and Hollywood-inspired specialty cocktails by WanderFolk Spirits. 


This event is exclusively for OKCMOA Moderns members; pre-registration required at okcmoa.com/moderns



Friday, June 21 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Members’ Preview Day 

Beyond the velvet ropes, be among the very first to experience Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer as it debuts at OKCMOA! 


5-8 p.m. | Members’ Preview Celebration 

Step into the spotlight and celebrate this original, new exhibition with a walk down the red carpet. Light bites and bar service by Kam’s Kookery complete this glamourous evening. 


The opportunity to preview Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer is an exclusive benefit of OKCMOA membership. Visit okcmoa.com/events or call 405.278.8237 to reserve your free member ticket. 



Play: A Conversation with Edith Head 

Friday, June 21 | 7 p.m. Members-Only Performance 

Saturday, June 22 | 6 p.m. 

Sunday, June 23 | 2 p.m. 


For one weekend only, Susan Claassen stars as Edith Head to bring you the “Reel Diva” behind the famed Hollywood costume designer. As fascinating as the history of the film industry itself, this intimate portrait of Edith Head is filled with ambition, wit, and, above all, glamour. 


Tickets to this live theatrical performance are $15 for members; $30 for non-members. Call 405.278.8237 or visit okcmoa.com/events to buy your tickets now! 



Friday, August 16 | 6:30 p.m.  

Join us for an exclusive after-hours tour with the two minds that have curated Museum Films for a decade, our Head of Film Programming Lisa Broad, PhD, and President and CEO Michael Anderson, PhD. Following the tour, attendees will sample seasonal bar selections and light bites in the Museum Store with its manager, Richard Bruner. 


Registration is $85 and limited to 20 participants. Purchase tickets at okcmoa.com



Join Museum staff for an in-depth tour, exploring major themes and highlights from the exhibition Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer. The exhibition features 70 costumes worn by stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood, and Kim Novak. This original exhibition groups Head’s costumes by style, including formal gowns, tropical wear, period pieces, and designs for Alfred Hitchcock films. Interspersed with 20 sketches, two screening areas, and three Oscar® statuettes, the exhibition offers a comprehensive showcase of Head’s life and work. 


Registration is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets at okcmoa.com to reserve your space today! 

Saturday, July 13 | 2 p.m.    

Sunday, July 28 | 2 p.m.   

Saturday, August 10 | 2 p.m.   

Thursday, September 12 | 6 p.m.   

Sunday, September 22 | 2 p.m.  



Explore Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer with Manager of Teacher and School Programs Tori Waldron, OKCMOA’s styled Hedda Hopper, as she dishes dirt on the productions and costume designs of Hollywood’s “Golden Years.” From the 1930s into the ’50s, gossip columnists cozied up with movie stars, directors, and studio executives, using the power of print media for influence, publicity, and scandalous whispers. 


Registration is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets at okcmoa.com to catch all the gossip from our “well-informed inside sources.” 


Saturday, July 20 | 2 p.m. 

Saturday, September 14 | 2 p.m.   



Thursday, June 27, 5:30-7 p.m. 

Title: Design for Dying by Renee Patrick 


The fourth meeting of the Museum Book Club will feature a guided discussion of Design for Dying by Renee Patrick in the exhibition Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer on June 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. 


The Museum Book Club encourages OKCMOA visitors to engage with its special exhibitions by reading and discussing a selected book with Museum educator Tori Waldron. Each Book Club meeting begins with refreshments, including a themed snack and various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and follows up with a discussion of literature and art. 


Registration is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Purchase tickets at okcmoa.com today! 


Copies of the book, Design for Dying, are available for purchase in the Museum Store.  


DROP-IN ART (All ages) 

Saturday, June 22 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Contour Fashion Collages 

Join us in the studio for Drop-In Art to create your own Edith Head-inspired fashion form! Participants will shape their fashion figures using wax sticks on a flat surface, then collage decorative papers as fabric patterns, colors, and backgrounds. 


Saturday, August 17 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Mixed-Media Costume Designs 

Jump into the world of costume design! Visitors will explore the concepts of pattern, balance, color, and scale. Using a combination of materials, including pastels, fabric scraps, jewels, and more, visitors will create their own costume design inspired by Edith Head: Hollywood's Costume Designer



The Oklahoma City Museum of Art partners with the Metropolitan and Pioneer Library Systems to offer children, teens, and adults the opportunity to create an Edith Head-inspired art activity. Activities will encourage participants to think like a fashion designer with a focus on the elements and principles of art in fashion. 


Registration is free and will be available through each library system's website at a later date. Activities will take place onsite at select library locations. For more information, please email Programs Manager Neely Simms.


Group exhibition tours and school field trips, including virtual field trips, will also be available during Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer, and a Teacher Professional Development Workshop will take place on Saturday, August 3. 


A film series of Saturday matinees showcasing Edith Head’s designs will screen in the Noble Theater throughout the exhibition’s 14-week run. For showtimes, visit okcmoa.com/films


Edith Head: Hollywood’s Costume Designer will run through September 29 and will be on view in the Museum’s third-floor galleries. For more information about membership, sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase tickets to the exhibition, please visit okcmoa.com.