The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

A Still from Dangerous Liaisons / Photo: Photofest
This spring, two exhibitions at the Getty Museum offer glimpses of fashion from bygone eras: Paris: Life and Luxury evokes the rich material ambiance of Paris during the mid-18th century; and Fashion in the Middle Ages (opening May 31) reveals how manuscript illuminators depicted the dress of figures ranging from kings and popes to tradesmen and peasants.

This special program begins with an introduction to medieval and 18th-century fashion history by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell. Against this historical backdrop, designers James Acheson and Deborah Landis discuss how they create costumes for various historical periods in films. The designers describe the research and constraints involved in creating historical costume for the screen, and explain how the demands of film are frequently driven more by a sense of visual authenticity than historical accuracy.

The Emperor Sigismund Arriving in Siena (detail) / Unknown
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell is an art historian specializing in fashion and textiles. She is co-author of the Los Angeles County Museum's exhibition catalogue Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915 and contributing author to Getty Publications' book Paris: Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century. Chrisman-Campbell has published widely and frequently consulted for museums on European dress and textiles of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

James Acheson is one of the most creative and respected costume designers working in film today. He has won three Academy Awards® for Restoration (1995), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and The Last Emperor (1987). Acheson also designed costumes for Spider-Man (2002, and its sequels), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), Brazil (1985), and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983).

Deborah Nadoolman Landis is the David C. Copley Chair and the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA. Her costume-design credits include Animal House (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Coming to America (1988), and the music video for Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983). Landis received her Master of Fine Arts in costume design from UCLA and her doctorate in the history of design from the Royal College of Art in London. Landis is the author of several books on the history of costume design.

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