The impact of just the right costume in creating film iconography will be examined at a conference entitled “Who Designed Marilyn’s Dress,” hosted by the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
“Our aim is to bring the great talent of costume designers, and the impact they have, into a larger dialogue,” said Nancy Deihl, director of the NYU Steinhardt program in costume studies and one of the conference organizers. “As with Marilyn’s dress, great costumes become characters in themselves, indispensible to the success and look of a film.”
The program features a keynote address by Academy Award nominated costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Coming to America). All lectures and panels are designed to promote a broad discussion on the topics that costume design touches at every level – history, clothing, social codes, narrative genres, science, and fashion.
In addition to Nadoolman Landis, Lee and Carter, speakers and panelist include:
• Oscar and Tony award winning costume designer Ann Roth (The English Patient, Book of Mormon, The Hours, The Nance) in conversation with designer Carol Oditz (The Breakup, Tin Cup, The Ice Storm);
• Welcome and introduction from NYU Tisch adjunct professor of cinema studies Drake Stutesman, NYU Steinhardt director of costume studiesNancy Deihl, and Eugenia Paulicelli, professor of comparative literature at CUNY Graduate Center and an expert in film and culture;
• Dino Trappetti and Laura Nobile of Tirelli Costumi;
• Michelle Tolini Finamore, fashion historian, and Penny Vinik, Curator of the Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston speaking on costumes in the silent film era; and
• Joanna Abijaoude, MA Candidate in Costume Studies at NYU Steinhardt presenting “Pulling Down the Curtain: Exploring the Hollywood Legacy of Walter Plunkett”.
The conference, co-organized by New York University programs in Cinema Studies and Costume Studies and the Fashion Studies Program at City University of New York, is open to the public and will take place at the Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant Street, First Floor, from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The conference fee is $80, though students will be admitted free with a valid NYU student ID. Advance registration is required.