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December 16, 2007 | Steffie Nelson, Special to The Times
SHE put the bullwhip in Indiana Jones' hand, and the dark suits and shades on the Blues Brothers. She sent a zillion leather manufacturers into overdrive, knocking off the zippered red jacket worn by Michael Jackson in the "Thriller" video. Now, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, an Academy Award-nominated costume designer and president of the Costume Designers Guild, is paying tribute to her craft with "Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design."
November 26, 2006 | David Ng, Special to The Times
SOMEONE should tell Nero to chuck that boring old toga. The infamous emperor has a whole new wardrobe thanks to the singular imagination of Emi Wada. It seems an odd match at first: a Japanese costume designer famous for Asian period pieces takes on the decadence of ancient Rome. But Wada, who won an Oscar for "Ran" in 1986 and more recently worked on the films "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," is no slave to tradition.
March 22, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Dorothy's pinafore and ruby red slippers, Darth Vader's helmet and cape and Austin Powers' blue velvet suit are just a few of the treasures on display in "Hollywood Costume," the monumental exhibition celebrating 100 years of costume in the movies opening Wednesday at the Phoenix Art Museum, its only stop in the West. Originally organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where it had a sold-out run in 2012-13, the exhibition is curated by Deborah Landis, the David C. Copley chair and the director of the David C. Copley Center of Costume Design at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television.
January 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Costume designers for period films and fairy-tale flicks dominated the nominations for best achievement in costume design for the 85th annual Academy Awards announced this morning, including previous Oscar winners Colleen Atwood and Eiko Ishioka, nominated for "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Mirror Mirror," respectively. In addition to Atwood, who took home Oscars for her work on "Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Alice in Wonderland,"  and Ishioka, who won for 1992's "Dracula" (and who passed away in January 2012 from pancreatic cancer)
February 13, 1998 | MIKE PENNER
The figure skating costumes at the Olympic pairs competition ranged from the lime to the ridiculous, from Kyoko Ina's citrus green dress to Andrei Bushkov's lovely blue blouse with the plunging neckline and poofy sleeves--a delightful little number he apparently borrowed from his partner, Marina Eltsova.
December 25, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Wrapped in tissue paper, tucked inside envelopes, rhinestones arrive here from Austria for the last of the great rodeo tailors. Manuel is white-haired now, and the age of the spangled cowhand has given way to the kind of celebrities who wear jeans and T-shirts. But inside his studio the work continues: hot-pink roses embroidered along the length of an eggshell pant leg; scarlet cuffs attached to a turquoise Western shirt; dazzling white crystals studding the back of a royal-blue bolero.
Awards show season is heating up. Costume designers from nine films and eight television shows were nominated this week for the Costume Designers Guild awards. The winners will be honored at the third annual Costume Designers Guild awards show March 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The nominees for excellence in contemporary costume design in film are Joseph Aulisi ("Charlie's Angels"), Jeffrey Kurland ("Erin Brockovich"), Laura C.
October 25, 2007 | Lea Lion
FACE it, the best time to brainstorm Halloween costume ideas is in the middle of July. Once the pumpkins start ripening, it's slim pickings in the originality department, and the danger of rocking a played-out ensemble is high. Of course, that doesn't stop Halloween party invitations from rolling in, so we asked Mary Rose, president of the Costume Designers Guild, for some last-minute advice. DON'T Just say no to the "pimp" and "ho."
March 25, 1994 | MARY LOU PICKEL
Color sketches of costumes worn in "Spartacus," "The Ten Commandments" and other films will be on display at the Newland House Museum until Sunday. The sketches were drawn by former Hollywood costume designers Julia Gamble and the late F. Arlington Valles. Gamble, who has lived in Huntington Beach for the last 23 years, began her career in 1935 when she designed costumes for the movie "The Good Earth." She worked for MGM Studios and designed costumes in foreign locations as well.
December 16, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Gorgeous, full-color illustrations of costumes from "My Fair Lady," "Cabaret," "Cleopatra," "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Vertigo" are just a few of the goodies in Deborah Nadoolman Landis' new book, "Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration" (Harper Design, $75), which shines a light on the under-appreciated field of costume illustration. "These are the products of talented individuals who are part of our business. It's truly the art of Hollywood," Landis says. The book features the work of 100 Hollywood artists, including costume designers who did their own sketches and illustrators who sketched for and collaborated with designers.
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