Film Costume / Rendering Realities

Film Costume, Rendering Realities


Film Costume / Rendering Realities

Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:30 am to 6:00 pm
New York University

Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant Street
New York, NY 10003

This one-day conference at New York University focuses on film costume and history.  A collaboration between two departments at NYU – the Cinema Studies program in Tisch School of the Arts and Costume Studies in NYU Steinhardt – Film Costume / Rendering Realities investigates film costume’s role in cinema’s multiple constructions of history and what impact those historical renditions have on culture.  Within this overall focus, the program includes a keynote conversation between two innovative scholars on film costume, a range of presentations on international costume, a discussion on urban style among costume designers and filmmakers, and a special panel of curators and auctioneers about their understanding of what display and collection of actual costume means, both personally and publicly.

Bringing together those who work in costume, cinema and scholarship – a first-time opportunity for many – with an emphasis on discussion, research and an interchange of ideas, Film Costume / Rendering Realities examines and celebrates one of cinema’s most crucial arts with an audience of students, industry professionals, academics, and the film-loving public.

More information on the speakers can be found here.


Check-in and coffee

Welcome and introduction:
Drake Stutesman and Nancy Deihl

Keynote Conversation – Costume, Ongoing Ideas
Stella Bruzzi with Jane Gaines

Panel discussion – Designing Urban Realities
Costume designers John Dunn, Dona Granata, Maren Reese

Morning Q&A

Catered lunch for all attendees on 6th floor

From the Vamp to the “Vampesque”: Costume and Star Text in 1970s Hindi Film,
Tarini Sdirhana, PhD candidate, NYU Tisch

Dreaming Epic Cinema: Edwin Austin Abbey and D.W. Griffith
Lucy Oakley, Head of Education and Programs, Grey Art Gallery, New York University

Presentation Q&A

Short break

Panel discussion – Ghosts in the Wardrobe Department
Lucy Carr, Associate Specialist for Entertainment Memorabilia, Bonhams Auctioneers; Jean Druesedow, Director, Kent State University Museum; Nancy Friedland, Film Media Librarian, Columbia University; Barbara Miller, Curator of the Collection and Exhibitions, Museum of the Moving Image; Jill Morena, Assistant Curator of Costumes, Harry Ransom Center

Panel Q&A and Conference Wrap-up

Closing Reception

This event is open to the public, advance registration is required.
General registration is $30.
Free admission for all students.

For information:

Conference organized by New York University’s programs in Cinema Studies and Costume Studies

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; NYU Steinhardt 125th Anniversary Fund; Swarovski