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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design

General Editor: Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Deborah Nadoolman Landis Headshot

Examining the process of costume design from early cinema to the present day, from script to screen, by genre, by region, and by designer, this global authoritative reference work, the first in the field, includes articles from a wide range of practitioners and scholars across the world.

Take a look at some taster material. Below you’ll find the General Editor’s Preface, and examples of a few of the articles on the distinguished costume designers whose work has been so significant to international popular culture and the history of film and television.

Image from the 1954 film 'Rear Window', featuring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Image from the 1931 film 'Mata Hari', featuring Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro. Image from the 2014 film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. Image from the 1998 film 'Shakespeare in Love', starring Judi Dench. Image from the 1992 film 'Malcolm X'.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, costume designer, historian and endowed chair at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television Landis is the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design. Landis received an MFA in costume design from UCLA, US, and a PhD in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Her distinguished career includes Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Trading Places (1983), The Three Amigos (1987), Coming to America (1988), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and the groundbreaking music video Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983). Her costume designs have found their way into the collections of museums including the Smithsonian Museum of American History (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones), the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and most recently, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Coming to America).

A past-Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Landis sits on the board of the National Film Preservation Foundation, US. Landis is the author of six books including Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, FilmCraft: Costume Design, Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration and the catalogue for her landmark exhibition, ‘Hollywood Costume’ (2012), which she curated at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.