Actors often say they only really assume the identity of their character when they have donned the costumes painstakingly created for them by the costume designer. In this volume of the FilmCraft series of books, sixteen of the world’s leading costume designers come together to share their inspiration and knowledge with the reader. They provide insights into the challenges of envisioning a character, working with budgets, and collaborating with production designers, actors and directors. Designers featured include Academy Award winners Aggie Guerard Rodgers, Janty Yates and Lindy Hemming.

Key Features

  • Discussions with the world’s most notable filmmakers, giving insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influences
  • Sidebars featuring practical advice on topics that filmmakers can apply to their own work
  • Interview-based format with perspectives from the greats appeals to non-practitioner film lovers


Filmmakers, film buffs, and film theorists/critics.


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Focal Press
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About the author

Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Affiliations and Expertise

Deborah Nadoolman Landis is President of The Costume Designers Guild, Local 892. She has designed for many cinematic landmarks, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Coming to America for which she received an academy award nomination. Dr. Landis has a PhD from the Royal College of Art in the History of Design.