Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Costumes, Shoes and Dancing in the Regency Era
December 5, 2020
The Grand, Long Beach
Deborah Nadoolman Landis — renowned film costumer and
director of the Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA
Kimberley Alexander — author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era
Annie Laskey — English Country Dance expert
Costume designer, historian and Distinguished Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis, PhD, is the founding director and chair of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA.
Her distinguished career includes Coming to America (1988), for which she was Academy Award-nominated; An American Werewolf in London (1981); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); the classic Animal House (1978); and the costumes for the groundbreaking music video Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983).
From 2001-2007, Landis served as two-term president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892. She is the author of six books, including Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007), FilmCraft: Costume Design (2012), Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration (2012) and the catalogue for her landmark exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which she curated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She is the editor-in-chief of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design (2019), and curated an exhibition on science and science fiction that opened in 2019 at the Science Museum, London. She sits on the board of the National Film Preservation Foundation and is a past governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Landis received an MFA in costume design from the UCLA College of Fine Arts in 1975 and a PhD in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London.
Kimberly Alexander, PhD, teaches museum studies, material culture, American history and New Hampshire history in the History Department of the University of New Hampshire. She has held curatorial positions at several New England museums, including the MIT Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and Strawbery Banke. Her book Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) traces the history of early Anglo-American footwear from the 1740s through the 1790s. Alexander was Andrew Oliver Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2016-2017) and guest curator of “Fashioning the New England Family,” (October 2018- April 2019) at MHS. Her companion book, Fashioning the New England Family, was published in 2019.
Annie Laskey first danced English country dance at the Renaissance Faire in Southern California in 1979. She rediscovered the dancing 20 years later through a musician friend and has been an enthusiastic dancer ever since. Casual participation in a caller’s workshop in 2001 put her on the road to being a caller, and she now leads dances regularly in the Los Angeles area, with occasional gigs out of town. She is a past member of the local board for ECD & Contra and the California Dance Cooperative, and also served four years on the board of the Country Dance and Song Society national dance organization. Along with James Hutson, she founded Culver City English Country Dance. She is also director of events at the Pasadena Senior Center. Laskey graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in theater, with an emphasis in directing. She ran a summer theatre festival in Culver City in the 1990s. She previously managed the Los Angeles Conservancy’s award-winning walking tour program. She is currently on the board of the Art Deco Society Los Angeles and remains active in the vintage dance community.