Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Distinguished Professor, Chair & Founding Director of Copley Center for Costume Design, UCLA
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, PhD, costume designer and historian, received an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA and a PhD in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, London. Her distinguished career includes the classic 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). A two-term past president of the Costume Designers Guild, and past Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Professor Landis 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 three-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design (2020) and is currently curating an exhibition on science and science fiction opening in 2020 at the Science Museum, London. Landis is a Distinguished Professor, Chair and Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.