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A Conversation with Costume Designers Lou Eyrich, Susan Lyall, and Trish Summerville

Join us for a riveting conversation with esteemed costume designers Lou Eyrich (The Prom, Ratched), Susan Lyall (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Rachel Getting Married), and Trish Summerville (Mank, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) on the art and craft of creating unique worlds through costumes, moderated by costume designer and professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis.


Live Talk

Sat, Feb 13 at 11:00 am PST

Live Talk

A Conversation with Costume Designers Lou Eyrich, Susan Lyall, and Trish Summerville


Tackling films of all shapes and sizes, our guests have designed for films ranging from period to futuristic, epic to indie, and intimately dramatic to full blown musical. They are the ultimate jugglers, creating a specific vision and expression of character and finding cohesion with the other design elements of a director’s vision across production design, hair, make-up, and cinematography. From the creative, to the strategic, to the just plain physical of churning out costumes for an entire cast in short turnaround times, we dive into the joys and challenges of each costume designer’s most recent film.

Costume Designer Lou Eyrich

Lou Eyrich is a 14-time Emmy nominated costume designer behind the hit television series Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Feud, American Crime Story:The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Pose, Hollywood, Ratched, The Politician, and Netflix Films The Prom and The Boys in The Band. She has been nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award 14 times, winning nine times. She has collaborated with Ryan Murphy for over 20 years and is now a producer overseeing all the costume departments on Ryan Murphy projects. Lou started her career, touring with bands, The Manhattan Transfer, Bette Midler and Prince.

Costume Designer Susan Lyall

When Susan Lyall arrived in New York to pursue a career in fashion design, it was her fascination with music, performance, and art which led into her current profession of developing characters and telling stories through costume.

Lyall began her career as a costume designer in theatre with the esteemed Circle Repertory Company, before marking her mark as a designer in the then-fledgling New York independent film world. Among Lyall’s many other frequent collaborators are director Steven Soderbergh (The Report, Unsane, Mosaic, King of the Hill, Side Effects), Jodie Foster (Money Monster, Little Man Tate, Flight Plan, Home for the Holidays, The Beaver), and Robert Schwentke (Flight Plan, Red, R.I.P.D.). Other directors with whom Lyall has collaborated include Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married, Line of Sight), David Mamet (The Spanish Prisoner, State & Main), Michael Apted (Thunderheart, Blink, Nell, Extreme Measures) and Allen Coulter (Remember Me).

Lyall’s first collaboration with writer/director Aaron Sorkin was on Molly’s Game, Sorkin’s directorial debut starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner.

Costume Designer Trish Summerville

Costume designer Trish Summerville is best known for her work on films The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Gone Girl, and Red Sparrow. In television, Summerville designed the pilot for Westworld which was nominated for an Emmy and Costume Design Guild Award. She designed the pilot for Ray Donovan and the first season of See for Apple, starring Jason Momoa. Summerville is a frequent collaborator with directors David Fincher and Francis Lawrence, and has worked with directors Jonah Nolan, Joel Edgerton among others.

Summerville has been recognized by her peers at the Costume Design Guild Awards by being nominated on three separate occasions for her films and winning two times for The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and Catching Fire (Costume Designer of the Year, 2013). For both films, Summerville designed capsule collections for H&M and Net-A-Porter which achieved huge commercial success and sold out in record time.

Summerville recently completed Mank for Netflix and David Fincher—a biopic on screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who collaborated with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane—starring Gary Oldman. She is currently working on Slumberland starring Jason Momoa and directed by Francis Lawrence for Netflix.

Moderator Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, PhD, costume designer, historian and endowed chair at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television Landis is the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design. Her distinguished career includes the classic Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Trading Places, The Three Amigos, and Coming to America, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and the groundbreaking music video Michael Jackson’s Thriller. A two-term past president of the Costume Designers Guild, and past Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Professor Landis is the author of six books including the catalogue for her landmark exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which she curated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She is the editor-in-chief of the upcoming three-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design.