Who Designed Marilyn's Dress? Impact, Craft and Future of Film Costume

Master of Arts in Costume Studies

Who Designed Marilyn's Dress? Impact, Craft and Future of Film Costume

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Marilyn Monroe's white halter-top dress from The Seven Year Itch (1955) has been copied around the world – at all levels of fashion and art, and on merchandise ranging from lamps to glassware. Yet, how many fans, fashion designers or scholars know the name of William Travilla, the designer of this famous costume? This recent conference brought the great talent of costume designers, and the impact they bear, into a larger dialogue, opening up new avenues of approach on the topics that costume design touches at every level – history, clothing, social codes, narrative genres, science, and fashion.

With presentations, panels, and conversations between costume designers and fabricators, filmmakers, scholars, and students, Who Designed Marilyn's Dress? was an occasion to acknowledge and examine the multi-faceted significance of costume design and to explore it as a major part of the cinematic process, indispensible to the success and look of a film.

Conference open to the public. Fee $80, advance registration required.
Catered Lunch Included.
All students admitted free with student ID.

The presentation schedule is listed below. Read speaker bios.


Saturday, May 10: 9:30 a.m to  6:00 p.m.
New York University
Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10003

9:30 a.m.
Check-in and coffee

10:00-10:15 a.m.
Welcome and introduction:
Drake Stutesman, Nancy Deihl, Eugenia Paulicelli

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Dino Trappetti and Laura Nobile of Tirelli Costumi

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ruth Carter and Wynn Thomas
Carol Oditz, Suzy Benzinger and Ann Roth

1:00-2:30 p.m.
Themed discussion at tables
All conference attendees will have lunch in the NYU conference venue

2:30-3:45 p.m.
Dressing Minnie Flynn: Costume Design in the Silent Era, Michelle Tolini Finamore
Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pulling Down the Curtain: Exploring the Hollywood Legacy of Walter Plunkett, Joanna Abijaoude
MA Candidate, Costume Studies, New York University

3:45-4:00 p.m.
Short break

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Panel discussion - The Future
Francis Bitonti, Gary Halada, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, Sabine Seymour and Deborah Scott

5:30-6:00 p.m.
Conference Wrap-up

6:30 p.m.
Closing Reception


Information: nbd2012@nyu.edu

Conference co-organized by New York University programs in Cinema Studies and Costume Studies and the Fashion Studies Program at City University of New York.

Special thanks for their support and sponsorship to NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions; New York University Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts; and Casa Italiana, New York University.

With generous support from Swarovski.