Deborah Nadoolman Landis is the Academy Award-nominated costume designer of Coming to America (1988). Her other costume design credits include Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Three Amigos (1986), and Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983). Her work is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, the Autry National Center, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dr. Landis is the endowed David C. Copley Chair of Costume Design and the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume at UCLA. Landis has a PhD in the history of design from the Royal College of Art and lectures at the American Film Institute and the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a professor at the University of the Arts London. Landis recently completed her second term as president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, of which she has been a member for more than thirty years. She is the author of Screencraft: Costume Design (Focal Press 2003) and editor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 50 Designers / 50 Costumes: Concept to Character (UC Press 2004). She lives with her husband, filmmaker John Landis, in Beverly Hills, California.

Anjelica Huston (Foreword) is a renowned filmmaker and actress appearing in such films as The Darjeeling Limited (2007), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Addams Family (1991), The Grifters (1990), and Prizzi's Honor (1985), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Daughter of legendary director John Huston and ballerina Ricki Soma, and granddaughter of actor Walter Huston, she has long understood costume design's integral role in creating believable characters. In her very personal Foreword to Dressed, she states: "Costume is the expression of individual character: purpose, color, fit, and fabric—all delineate the choices that are achieved in the fascinating collaboration between actor and costume designer. As costume and entertainment have been inextricably linked in my perceptions as far back as I can remember, so too clothing and character are inseparable in my reflections of films I have worked on."

 

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