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Jewish Thread: The Hidden History of Costume Design in Hollywood
May 5, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PMFree
Co-organized by UCLA’s Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, and their Directors, Professors Sarah Abrevaya Stein and Deborah Nadoolman Landis, this innovative evening explores a forgotten dimension of Jewish and costume design history—the extraordinary prominence of eminent, Jewish costume designers, whose paths to the profession have deep roots in Jewish history. Join us as we celebrate the life and work of costume designers such as Adrian (Max Greenberg), Edith Head (née Posener), Helen Rose, Ruth Morley, and contemporary costume designers such as Albert Wolsky, Julie Weiss, Rita Ryack, Deena Appel, Betsy Heiman, Judianna Makovsky, Michael Kaplan, Ellen Mirojnick, Deborah Nadoolman Landis and many others. Together, we will consider the “Jewish thread” in the history and fabric of costume design and how Jewish culture has contributed to the unforgettable costumes of cultural landmarks such as The Wizard of Oz, Tootsie, All That Jazz, Star Wars, Hairspray, Frida, Austin Powers, Pulp Fiction, The Big Easy, Harry Potter, Basic Instinct, Indiana Jones and Sunset Boulevard. This richly illustrated evening will bring Drs. Stein and Nadoolman Landis in conversation with an array of distinguished Jewish costume designers, offering the very first exploration of the nexus of Jewish and motion picture costume design history.