David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design
"Through bold research and a robust program of conferences, exhibitions and film festivals, the Copley Center serves the UCLA community, international motion picture historians, cultural anthropologists and working designers and filmmakers."
— Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Founding Director
A Costume History Archive
Many film scholars have analyzed early motion pictures from the late 19th century through the Golden Age of Hollywood, but the Copley Center spearheads costume design scholarship in Hollywood history up to the present day. This includes gathering the oral histories of creative collaborators involved in current motion picture production.
Throughout the 20th century, definitive motion picture genres emerged including the Western, Film Noir, Science Fiction and the Musical. Each has its own cinematic language and normative practices and each has developed a stylish culture of costume design worthy of study.
Costume Illustration as an Art Form
The sketches and illustrations that are a product of the costume design process have never been catalogued or researched as a field, but simply held as the work of one designer. These long-neglected drawings and their many unheralded illustrators are a rich source for academic and artistic study.
Costume Design’s Influence on Fashion and Culture
Motion pictures serve as a point of departure for fashionable trends and icons. Scholars may track costume influences geographically and chronologically from a film’s worldwide release.
Annual Academy Costume Designer Panel
On the eve of the 2014 Academy Awards, Deborah Landis, Chair and Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, will welcome a stellar group of international costume designers to the fourth annual Sketch to Screen: Costume Design Oscar® Celebration at UCLA’s Bridges Theater for an in-depth discussion of the pivotal role played by clothing in screen storytelling.
Natasha Rubin Assistant to the Director, Deborah Nadoolman Landis
The David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design
Office: 325 E. Melnitz Hall
Email: nrubin (at) tft.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-2184
DESIGN MAVENS Top, from left: Academy Award-nominated costume designer, historian and faculty member Deborah Landis, MFA ’75, Chair and Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design poses with Academy Award-nominated costume designer, Joanna Johnston; Academy Award-winning costume designer, Mark Bridges; Academy Award-nominated costume designer, Jacqueline West; Academy Award-nominated costume designer, Paco Delgado; Academy Award-winning costume designer, Jacqueline Durran and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone at the 2013 Sketch to Screen Copley Costume Design Oscars Celebration in the James Bridges Theater.