Arts and Letters Live: Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design with author and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Landis
7:00 p.m. | Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
From the lavish productions of Hollywood’s Golden Age through the high-tech blockbusters of today, the most memorable movies all have one thing in common: they rely on the magical transformations rendered by the costume designer to communicate mood, personality, and setting.
Using examples from her book Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis shares the inside scoop about Hollywood’s most tantalizing costumes and the characters they helped bring to life. Drawing on years of research, Landis has uncovered both a treasure trove of costume sketches and photographs—many of them previously unpublished—and a dazzling array of first-person anecdotes that inform the images. Dressed is one book no film and fashion lover should be without. Landis counts among her film credits for costume design: Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Coming to America, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.
Ticket prices: $30 for the public; $25 for DMA members, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, senior citizens, and educators; $15 for students. www.tickets.DallasMuseumofArt.org.