Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, in her iconic little black dress and tiara, charming the pants off pretty much everyone in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The safari chic Meryl Streep in Out of Africa. Dorothy strutting the Yellow Brick Road in her blinged-out ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz. How did these and other movie costumes come to be? Academy Award–winning costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis is ready to tell us, in her special exhibit and talk, Hollywood Costume.
We can’t wait for this exclusive event, set for April 24 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Held in collaboration with the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), with proceeds from the event benefitting the BIFF, Hollywood Costume will take a behind-the-scenes peek at how pro costume designers use clothing to develop character and support film stories, and the integral role that costume design—from high glam to simple and subtle—plays in cinematic storytelling.
In addition to being a great speaker, Deborah has some major cred to back up the ideas. She holds advanced degrees in design from UCLA and the Royal College of Art in London, and has worked as the costume designer on, oh, just a few little movies like Animal House, An American Werewolf in London, Coming to America, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. She was also the brains behind the creepy-cool costumes in Michael Jackson’s unforgettable “Thriller” video.
Whether you’re a film buff, a history lover, or a fashionista, Hollywood Costume is the place to be in this neck of the woods. See you there?