Costume Design

Curating The Joan Crawford Effect: Part 1

Recently, the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library opened its fall exhibition The Joan Crawford Effect (October 6 – December 17, 2017).  A lot of people—students, colleagues, journalists—have asked me about my curatorial process.  In this series, I answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

 

 

The Spirit of '76: 1970s Dress, Part I

We’ve just celebrated Independence Day and the Spirit of ’76 has put me in a mind to re-visit a presentation I gave this spring on Seventies dress, the 1970s, that is.

Black Power
Black Power afro pick
 

City of Angels and Artifacts: Part 2

Hollywood costumes have long been a piece of a larger commercial enterprise. Whether well or poorly constructed, whether expensive or cheap, whether iconic or forgettable, film costumes are production assets.  From a commercial point of view, a costume that can deliver many times over is a worthwhile investment.  Hence, costumes are used, re-used, and reconfigured for maximum value.

City of Angels and Artifacts: Part 1

Hollywood Costume is a museum exhibition curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Since the exhibit first opened in 2012, it has traveled to Australia, Virginia, Arizona, and, on October 2, 2014, to Los Angeles, California where it will be until March 2, 2015.

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