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Reel People: Character, Cinema and Costume Design

Sun 8 Sept 11.30 to 13.00
Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall

Reel People: Character, Cinema and Costume Design

Distinguished costume designer, and curator of the V&A’s major 2012 exhibition Hollywood Costume, Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis, presented a Masterclass exploring the art of costume design and its role in cinematic storytelling.

This event was open to all.

Image: Brokeback Mountain costumes designed by Marit Allen, curation by Deborah Landis for Hollywood Costumes Exhibition @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Key contributors

Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Deborah Nadoolman Landis is the David C. Copley Chair and the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. She is the Academy Award-nominated designer of Coming to America (1988) and many other films, including Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983). Professor Landis served as a two-term president of the Costume Designer’s Guild, Local 892, of which she has been a member for over 35 years. She is the author of Screencraft: Costume Design (2003), 50 Designers/50 Costumes: Concept to Character (2004), Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007), FilmCraft: Costume Design (2012), Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Motion Picture Costume Illustration and was the editor of Hollywood Costume (2012), the book that accompanied the V&A’s major 2012 exhibition on the subject. Landis has a PhD in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, London.