This program features John Dunn, Costume Designer, Bootleg Productions Inc., who will talk about the menswear industry.
John Dunn grew up in Hillside, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He received a B.F.A in Theater Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Upon moving to New York, his early career centered on the professional costume shops for the stage and dance worlds in the city, including Ray Diffen's Stage Clothes and The Juilliard Costume Shop. In time, Mr. Dunn began to work as a design assistant to such noted stage and film designers as Santo Loquasto, Rita Ryack, William Ivey Long and Eiko Ishioka.
In 1995, Mr. Dunn began his work as a costume designer for films, television and the stage. His early film work includes Martin Scorsese's New York Stories and Casino (where he co-designed with Rita Ryack), and Julian Schnabel's Basquiat. He now works primarily in New York on a wide range of film and television projects. His work has included Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, Mary Harron's The Notorious Betty Page, Sam Mendes' Away We Go, David Gordon Grant's Pineapple Express and Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog and Broken Flowers. For television, Mr. Dunn designed the costumes for the original pilots for AMC's Mad Men and HBO's Bored To Death, and he is currently designing the costumes for HBO's Boardwalk Empire with co-designer Lisa Padovani.
John Dunn, costume designer for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," describes his research process, which involves consulting tailoring books from the 1920s. He discusses the range of vibrant color that characterized the period's clothing for men and women, which may surprise audiences who only know the 1920s from black and white films and photos.