An Evening with Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Academy Award-nominated costume designer

Deborah Nadoolman Landis is the Academy Award-nominated costume designer of Coming to America. Her other costume design credits include Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Three Amigos, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Her work is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, the Autry National Center, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dr. Landis is the endowed David C. Copley Chair of Costume Design and the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume at UCLA. Landis has a PhD in the history of design from the Royal College of Art and lectures at the American Film Institute and the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a professor at the University of the Arts London.

Landis recently completed her second term as president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, of which she has been a member for more than thirty years. She is the author of Screencraft: Costume Design (Focal Press 2003) and editor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 50 Designers / 50 Costumes: Concept to Character (UC Press 2004). She lives with her husband, filmmaker John Landis, in Beverly Hills, California.

In her book Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Dr. Landis showcases 100 years of Hollywood's most tantalizing costumes and the characters they helped bring to life. Drawing on years of extraordinary research, Landis has uncovered both a treasure trove of costume sketches and photographs—many of them previously unpublished—and a dazzling array of first-person anecdotes, including a foreword by actress Anjelica Huston, that inform and enhance the images. Along the way she also provides an eye-opening, behind the scenes look at the evolution of the costume designer's art, from its emergence as a key element of cinematic collaboration to its limitless future in the era of CGI.

Read a recent interview with Deborah Nadoolman Landis in the Wall Street Journal.

Schedule of events:

Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.: An evening with Deborah Nadoolman Landis. She will speak about the history of costume design in Hollywood, and her experiences, including a multimedia slideshow. Followed by Q&A and book signing with Dr. Landis.
Saturday, Jan. 23 at 11:50 a.m.: Screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," which features costume design by Dr. Landis.
Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.: Two-hour costume design workshop with Dr. Landis.

Praise for Dressed:

"She put the bullwhip in Indiana Jones' hand, and the dark suits and shades on the Blues Brothers. She sent a zillion leather manufacturers into overdrive, knocking off the zippered red jacket worn by Michael Jackson in the Thriller video." The Los Angeles Times

"Her job is more than dressing A-list actors - it's telling the story of a character as much as a script does." VOGUE

Support for this program has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts

January 22-23, 2010

Friday, Jan. 22:

7 p.m.: An Evening with Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Saturday, Jan. 23:

11:50 a.m.: Screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
2 p.m.: Costume design workshop with Deborah Landis


Evening With: $25.00 Adults

Film screening: $7.00 Adults, $5.00 Seniors (60+)

Workshop: $30.00 Adults

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