Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume DesignHardback
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- Publisher: Harper Design International
- Format: Hardback | 592 pages
- Dimensions: 241mm x 320mm x 48mm | 2,835g
- Publication date: 1 December 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0060816503
- ISBN 13: 9780060816506
- Edition: Special edition
- Edition statement: Limited edition
- Illustrations note: 700 colour and black and white illustrations
- Sales rank: 125,379
Hollywood's most memorable movie moments all have one thing in common-visually stunning costume design. Whether spectacular or subtle, elaborate or barely there, costumes must be more than merely a perfect fit; they speak a language all their own, communicating mood, personality, and setting, and propelling the action of the movie as much as a scripted line or synthetic clap of thunder. More than a few careers have been launched from costumes alone, and many an era defined by the intuition of a costume designer - think Charlie Chaplin in "The Little Tramp", Judy Garland in "A Star Is Born", Diane Keaton in "Annie Hall", Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones". "Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design", is part glossy lookbook, part insightful guide to the costumer's art - and this exquisite collector's edition, the one book no film and fashion lover will want to be without.
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Deborah Nadoolman Landis is the David C. Copley Chair and the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. She is an Academy Award-nominated costume designer of Coming to America (1988) and many other films, including Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' (1983). Professor Landis served as a two-term president of the Costume Designer's Guild, Local 892, of which she has been a member for more than thirty-five years. She is the author of Screencraft/Costume Design (2003), 50 Designers/50 Costumes: Concept to Character (2004), Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007), FilmCraft/Costume Design (2012), and Hollywood Costume (2012). Landis has a Ph.D. in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London.
"Most screen gowns are designed for especially dramatic women, to wear in a series of dramatic scenes, that comprise more drama than most women have in their whole lives."