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Untold Stories
Rockers, Rebels, And Runways: The Black Leather Jacket

Curatorial Director Jim Fricke hosts a lively discussion of the influence of the biker jacket and rebel biker image on the popular culture. Panelists include Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Curatorial Director Howard Kramer, and Harley-Davidson General Merchandise Creative Director Karen Davidson.



  • Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Director, David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, UCLA
    Deborah Nadoolman Landis

    Deborah Nadoolman Landis
    Director, David C. Copley Center for Costume
    Design, UCLA

    Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Ph.D. is a true Hollywood insider. Her costume design credits include Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Three Amigos, An American Werewolf in London, and Coming to America, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Landis’ iconic costume for Indiana Jones is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, her Three Amigos costumes grace the Autry National Center, and her red jacket for “Michael Jackson’s Thriller” is at home at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She recently completed her second term as president of the Hollywood Costume Designers Guild, of which she has been a member for nearly 30 years, and she has given lectures about all aspects of the history of Hollywood costume design at universities, museums, libraries, and film festivals across the country. Her latest book is the sumptuously illustrated Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design(Collins).

  • Howard Kramer, Curatorial Director, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum
    Howard Kramer

    Howard Kramer
    Curatorial Director,
    Rock and Roll Hall of
    Fame + Museum

    Howard Kramer has been the Curatorial Director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland since 1996. He joined the museum after working in the music industry for more than 15 years. As a tour manager, booking agent and artist manager, Kramer worked with a diverse group of people, including Ben Harper, The Dead Milkmen, Los Lobos, Cowboy Junkies, and John Lee Hooker. Howard Kramer has written for Rolling Stone, the (Cleveland)Plain Dealer and contributed to the Cambridge University Press compendium on the Beatles. Kramer also co-hosted the television show VH-1’s Rock Collectors. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Karen Davidson, Creative Director, General Merchandise, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
    Karen Davidson

    Karen Davidson
    Creative Director,
    General Merchandise,
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company

    Karen Davidson has a strong natural instinct about the mystique of Harley-Davidson from a lifetime of living the Harley-Davidson experience. Davidson, the great-granddaughter of the company’s co-founder, William A. Davidson, began riding at the age of nine. As creative director for Harley-Davidson’s General Merchandise Department, she’s constantly challenged with maintaining Harley-Davidson’s distinctive reputation and rich history as she directs design initiatives for Harley-Davidson’s apparel and accessory products. Karen’s transition from Fine Arts to Fashion Design in college led into the garment industry. She worked her way up in the garment industry at a fabric, apparel and accessory company in New York to become director of marketing and design for apparel. Karen officially joined the Harley-Davidson Motor Company in 1989, and she has been involved with the creative direction of all the leather collections since the launch of H-D MotorClothes. In 1991, the Council of Fashion Designers of America in New York bestowed the prestigious industry award to Karen and Harley-Davidson for fashion influence. Karen lives in California and has established an office in one of the motorcycling “hubs” of the U.S.

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Program & Tours

Adult $20
H.O.G. Member Free
Senior (age 65+) $14
US Military (w/ID) $14
Student (w/ID) $14
Child (age 5-17) $10
Child under 5 Free
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May-September - Daily: 9am-6pm
(Thursday, 9am-8pm)
October-April - Daily: 10am-6pm
(Thursday, 10am-8pm)

Harley-Davidson Museum
400 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
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