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on 25 July 2012
As costume designer for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Coming to America, Burke and Hare, plus many other well known titles, in addition to former two-term president of the CDG, academic scholar and now museum curator, Deborah Nadoolman Landis is ideally placed to write FilmCraft: Costume Design. She has created an essential reference guide for students, aficionados, and really anyone with an interest in the world of costume design.

The introduction itself is gold. Six pages of describing the role, responsibilities and misconceptions of costume, also delving into the relationship between costume designers and their directors. Several filmmakers collaborate with the same designers over and over again, e.g. Ridley Scott and Janty Yates, Paul Thomas Anderson and Mark Bridges, and the Coen Brothers and Mary Zophres. Beyond the introduction, FilmCraft: Costume Design is compromised of 16 interviews with present day costume designers and 5 legacy retrospectives. The interviews are a thorough analysis of each designer's way into the craft, their process, thoughts on the industry and feature some fascinating anecdotes. Yvonne Blake's tales of costuming Christopher Reeve for the first Superman film for example. Apparently Reeve got so warm in the hero suit that sweat patches formed under his arms; she had to constantly dry the skin-tight fabric with hairdryers.

There is plenty of coverage for contemporary costume designers too (more than period) and films currently in production. Sharen Davis talks about her work on Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained. Also how she built her own website for director Rian Johnson so he could view costumes for upcoming sci-fi thriller Looper on his iPhone.

I cannot recommend this publication enough. It functions as both a way into cinematic costume and fan reference for anyone who already knows the craft. This is certainly not the only book you should buy about costume design, but it is probably the best.
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on 22 March 2013
I brought this book to help me with my Costume Designing Skills for course and it is absolutely brilliant!!! Worth every penny
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on 2 July 2014
What an interesting set of titles all about film making. This one is costumes, which crosses over for those interested in costume/fashion design books.
I'd say this book is angled at dress design in films, rather than costume.
Costume in film should cover, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. This book lumbers around picking the right 50's style twinset for some retro film.
Not my favourite title from this series of books.
I imagine anyone interested in fashion, fashion-illustrating will enjoy this.
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on 27 November 2013
Includes very useful information about costume design in the film industry today. The interviews are fascinating and shed light on the many different processes and approaches involved in costume design for film.
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on 15 February 2016
My costume designer wife loved it.....brownie points accrued. Bj
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on 6 November 2014
Interesting read for anyone going into industry
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on 31 July 2014
Well written and an enjoyable, informative read
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