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Conferences, Panels & Events


  • The David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, UCLA, Founding Director (2009-Present)

  • Costume Designer’s GuildLocal 892, President,    ​​(2001-2007). 

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences,  Executive Committee, Costume Designers Branch (2001 - Present). 

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Founding Governor, Costume Designers Branch, (2013 - 2018). 

  • Library of Congress, National Film Preservation Foundation, Board of Directors (2014 - Present).


  • Costume Designers Guild/UCLA Anderson (2023), The Business of Costume Design: Measuring the Value of Vision and its Economic Impact, Panelist and Co-Host

  • Black Women Film Network Summit (2022): It’s the Hair, Make-up and Costume For Me, Panelist

  • Critical Costume (2018), University of Surrey, England, Co-Presenter

  • Critical Costume (2015), Aalto University, Finland; Keynote Speaker

  • Stockholm University, Sweden (2015), Exploring the Intersections of Fashion and Film  Studies; Speaker.

  • Textile Society of America, Biennial Symposium,  (2014), Saving the Day: Groundbreaking Design and Textiles for Science Fiction and Fantasy Film, Panel Organizer and Moderator.

  • World Stage Design (2013), Cardiff, Wales, Keynote Speaker

  • The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), Washington, DC (2009), The Business of Show Business Symposium, Panelist. 

UCLA/David C. Copley Center Events

  • Sketch to Screen, Founder and Panel Moderator, TFT and the Copley Costume Design Oscar Celebration, (2011 - Present). 

  • Dorothy Richards Costume Educators Luncheon, 

       Founder and Moderator (2014 - Present).

  • Costume Designer-in-Residence, Creator and Moderator, UCLA Mentorship Program,  (2015 - Present).

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences/David C. Copley Center, Moderator, Costume Designer Panels: Paris, France (2017), Madrid, Spain (2018), Rome, Italy (2019), Australia & New Zealand via Zoom (2021), and Mexico City, Mexico (2022). 

  • The Hidden Thread: The Untold Story of Jewish Costume Designers in Hollywood, Co-Creator and Moderator (2019).

  • Black Dress and Culture Series, Creator and Co-host (2021-2024).

  • Cinema Muto, Pordenone, Italy, Founder, Annual David C. Copley Center Lecture on Silent Film Costuming, (2022 - Present). 

  • Critical Costume 2024, Host, UCLA, Los Angeles​ Critical Costume is an international platform to promote research and practice on the interdisciplinary study of costume. The principal activity of Critical Costume is a biennial conference and exhibition. The purpose of the organization is to support practitioners and researchers to debate the status of costume within contemporary and historical cultures.

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