Deborah Nadoolman Landis accepts UCLA post

Costume designer will also serve as founding director

Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis has been named to the newly endowed David C. Copley Chair for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

She will also serve as founding director of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design.

Copley, the newspaper publisher and philanthropist, donated $6 million to establish both the chair and the center.

Landis, who received an M.F.A. in costume design from UCLA in 1975 and a Ph.D. in the history of design from London's Royal College of Art in 2003, recently completed her second term as president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892.

Her film credits include designing for movies directed by John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Louis Malle and Costa-Gavras. She has also designed for the theater and opera and has written and lectured extensively.

Her books include "Screencraft/Costume Design," "50 Designers/50 Costumes: Concept to Character," and "Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume." She is currently preparing "Deconstructing Glamour," due out in 2010.

"Deborah Landis has made the point on many occasions that costume designers are first and foremost storytellers," the school's dean Robert Rosen said. "They are full creative partners in art forms that are intrinsically collaborative, and academic recognition of that fact is long overdue. All of us at TFT are very proud indeed that Mr. Copley has chosen UCLA as his partner in this pathfinding enterprise. And we consider ourselves fortunate, as well, that Deborah Landis, an acclaimed professional who is also an accomplished scholar, has agreed to provide leadership."