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Deborah Nadoolman Landis

PROFESSOR; FOUNDING DIRECTOR, CHAIR, THE DAVID C. COPLEY CENTER FOR COSTUME DESIGN

About Deborah Nadoolman LandisCostume designer, historian and Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis is the founding director and chair of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design.

Landis received an M.F.A. in costume design from the UCLA College of Fine Arts in 1975 and a Ph.D. in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London. Her distinguished career includes Coming to America (1988), for which she was Academy Award nominated; An American Werewolf in London (1981); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); the classic Animal House (1978); and the costumes for the groundbreaking music video Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983).

From 2001-2007, Landis served as two-term president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892. She is the author of six books including Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007), FilmCraft: Costume Design (2012), Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration (2012) and the catalogue for her landmark exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which she curated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She is the editor-in-chief of the upcoming Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design (2019), and is currently curating an exhibition on science and science fiction opening in 2019 at the Science Museum, London.

Landis sits on the Board of the National Film Preservation Foundation and is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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  • E-mail: nrubin@tft.ucla.edu
  • Phone: 310-825-2184