November 2003

Screencraft: Costume Design

Focal Press (An Imprint of Eservier)

  • 200 Wheeler Road
  • Burlington , MA


In this edition of the ongoing Screencraft series, Landis takes on the art of costume design. She is descriptive on the subject of what a costume is and more importantly what it isn’t. This book details how costume design fits in with the overall creative process of filmmaking, how it coincides with the star being dressed, and most importantly how the work of a costume designer can sometimes influence the collection of a fashion designer.

Costume Design interviews and provide a biography of such lauded costume designers as:

  • James Acheson - Academy Award winner for abc The Last Emperor xyz and abc Dangerous Liaisons xyz
  • Milena Canonero - Academy Award winner for abc Barry Lyndon xyz and abc Chariots Of Fire xyz
  • Eiko Ishioka - Academy Award winner for abc Bram Stoker’s Dracula xyz and designer for abc The Cell xyz
  • Gabriella Pescucci - Academy Award winner for abc The Age Of Innocence xyz and BAFTA Award winner for abc The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen xyz
  • Anthony Powell - Academy Award winner for Death On The Nile and Tess

abc Costume Design xyz is richly illustrated and contains priceless original costume sketches from these highly respected designers. These sketches offer the reader an unimagined glimpse at the creative process involved in costuming a film. Landis herself has dressed such films as abc Animal House xyz and abc Coming To America xyz , as well as the legendary music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Other books in this series on Cinema include: Cinematography, Directing, Screenwriting, Editing, and Film Music. Whether you are a bona fide film buff or just casual viewer, this book is a very interesting read.

Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member