Deborah Nadoolman Landis has worked as a costume designer on more than 20 films over the last 40 years. Along the way, she has created several looks that have crossed into popular culture and become fashion trends. Here are a few anecdotes, in her own words.
ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
Back in the 1970s, there were T-shirt shops where you could have all different [images] pressed on. I thought it was funny to put "College" on the front of Bluto's sweat shirt. I had no idea that it would become so iconic, that I would be taking my son to college at the University of Miami years later, and they would be for sale in the shop. I love to laugh, which is why I married
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
The jacket was red because I had spoken to the production designer, the director and Michael and knew it was going to be a huge dance scene with ghouls. I thought about what would make Michael pop against the ragged figures and dust. There are a few of them still around. One is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (1977)
Bong Soo Han starred in the
COMING TO AMERICA (1988)
It's been [almost] 30 years since I did that film, and still every year I get emails asking if I can work with a bride to make that pink wedding dress. Pink wedding dresses have become fashionable now, but why pink then? In a room full of beautiful African American people, I could have put her in a white dress with a 20-foot train, but all you would have seen is that dress. I thought about ivory or ecru, but it didn't look right with her skin tone. Finally, I thought pink, it looks a little Barbie. And my original brief from John was "African Cinderella story."