Cine Couture: Costuming for the Camera

Cine Couture: Costuming for the Camera
Cine Couture: Costuming for the Camera


Friday, May 25 2018

06.00 PM to 08.00 PM


Essar House- Podium,

11. KK Marg, Mahalaxmi,

Mumbai - 400034.




Daniela Ciancio

Neeta Lulla

Priya Tanna





Costumes are an essential element of any film production and are pivotal to the mise-en-scene of a film. Costumes give us insights into the characters they clothe, the society that they are a part of, and the relevance of the two in the film’s larger cultural milieu. Avid Learning, Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, Mumbai and Vogue India present this panel discussion on the subject withAward-Winning Italian Costume Designer Daniela Ciancio andNational Award-winning Bollywood Couturier   Neeta Lullain conversation with Vogue India Editor Priya Tanna. Join these trailblazers from the industry as they discuss the intricacies of designing for the screen from Bollywood to Hollywood to regional Italian Cinema. Form cross-cultural comparisons between American, Italian, and Indian cinema, discuss processes and production of costume design, its role as a cinematic device and its larger part in shaping cultural ideologies. This panel will be the closing event for the first edition of “Fare Cinema”, the International Week of Italian Cinema, a concerted programme to promote Italian quality film production abroad. The programme entails nation-wide screenings of contemporary Italian films and interactions on the crafts of filmmaking with chosen ambassadors for each city.

Join us for this exclusive peek behind the scenes with some of the finest practitioners from the world of local and international film production. 

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    Born in Naples, Daniela Ciancio studied stage design at the "Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli" earning a diploma in scenography. In 1986 she started collaborating with the "Teatro di San Carlo" and the "Nuovo Teatro Nuovo di Napoli". In 1994, she was awarded a diploma at the Italian National School of Cinema, Rome. Since then she has been alternating work for cinema, theatre, opera and television. Daniela has been, among other films, the costume designer for "La Grande Bellezza" and "Il Divo" by Paolo Sorrentino, "A Face Of An Angel" by Michael Winterbottom and "Il Resto Di Niente" by Antonietta De Lillo. She was awarded a David di Donatello for the film "Il Resto Di Niente" by Antonietta De Lillo in 2005. Daniela has also collaborated with several foreign cinema and television productions. Among them she was the costume supervisor for "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3". Daniela is also active in the field of theatre and opera, in Italy and abroad. Between 2009 and 2013 Daniela has been a member of the board of the European Film Academy (EFA), European Film Award - Berlin and since 2005 she is a jury member of the Italian Academy "David di Donatello" since 2005. She has been teaching costume design in a variety of schools and institutions since 2004.

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    Neeta Lulla is a prominent Bollywood costume designer and fashion stylist. Hailed as the ‘Czarina of Indian Fashion’, she is one of India’s preeminent costume designers and couturiers. By balancing modern designs with traditional elegance, the impeccable designer has over the years acquired an impressive list of clientele, comprising the movers and shakers of the glamour world. She has collaborated with many directors including Subhash Ghai, Yash Chopra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali to bring to enchantment to the silver screen. Her cinematic repertoire includes cult films like Jodha Akhbar, Devdas, Mohenjo Daro, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, among others. One of the most trusted costume designers in the film industry, she has contributed to more than 400 motion pictures in over seven languages, both for national and international cinema. Teaching being her second love, she partnered with Subhash Ghai to launch the first of its kind fashion school – The Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion. Known for her concept driven runway shows, Make In India showcased the need for indigenous outfits while #SheIsMe highlighted combating gender based violence. Lulla has also established herself as one of the top bridal couturiers in India. She has received four National Film Awards as well as numerous Industry Awards through the years.


  • Priya Tanna is Editor-in-Chief at Vogue India. She brings more than a dozen years of publishing and editing experience to lead CondéNast India's team. Priya and her team focus on combining the best of Indian and international fashion, creating trends for fashionistas to follow, and providing the latest news, reviews and stories in a format that is both stylish and accessible. Priya has extensive experience as an editor, most recently on After Hours, the entertainment and lifestyle daily of DNA. She has also edited Rouge, the women's supplement for The Times of India, and Time and Style, a watch and jewelry magazine. Priya was the Launch Editor of Femina Girl.