Academy Receives Gift Documenting Career of Costume Designer Michael Woulfe

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received a gift of costume design drawings and related production materials documenting the career of costume designer Michael Woulfe.

Woulfe's career highlights include work on such films as Clash by Night (1952), The French Line (1953), Son of Sinbad (1955) and The Conqueror (1956). He was known for styling actresses such as Judy Garland, Jane Russell and Jean Simmons, and for designing the employee uniforms for four Las Vegas hotels and casinos owned by Howard Hughes, as well as the costumes for the Las Vegas nightclub shows of Debbie Reynolds, Lena Horne and Joey Heatherton. He was also a founding member of the Costume Designers Guild.

The collection, donated by Woulfe's friend David V. Jervis, features drawings, photographs, clippings and correspondence representing Woulfe's career.

"We are honored that Mr. Jervis has generously donated items highlighting the impressive career of Michael Woulfe to our library," said Margaret Herrick Library director Linda Mehr.  "With this collection, students, filmmakers and film historians can now experience and be inspired by the work of this legendary costume designer."

The Margaret Herrick Library will have Woulfe's costume design drawings on display, while the collection of clippings, photographs and correspondence will be located in the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.

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