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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, M.F.A. '75, 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 and a Ph.D. in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London. Her distinguished career includes the horror/comedy Burke & Hare (2010); 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).

Landis is the author of many books including FilmCraft: Costume Design (Ilex Press, 2012); Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration (Harper Collins, 2012); Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (Harper Collins, 2007); and Screencraft/Costume Design (Focal Press, 2003). In 2012, she wrote the catalogue for the landmark exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which she curated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

From 2001-2007, Landis served as a two-term president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, of which she has been a member for more than 35 years. She is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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  • Natasha Rubin
  • Assistant to the Director
  • E-mail: nrubin@tft.ucla.edu
  • Phone: 310-825-2184