Make do and mend
“Immediate, basic human needs include food, clothing, and shelter. When individuals engage in war these items undergo great changes. It might seem irreverent to consider fashion in the context of conflict, but the experience of war and the upheaval it foists on society is always reflected in the way society attires itself. For those battling in the front lines during World War II fashion was not valued. But for most members of British society living between the air raids life went on, and looking their best made people feel slightly “”more normal.””
Born in a Studebaker in San Mateo, California, Professor Nancy Hills has worked in theatres all over the United States. Hills has been a costume designer for Utah State University Caine College of the Arts and an educator at USU for 24 years. Her favorite designs as a faculty member at Utah State include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Cabaret, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Little Night Music, The Miser, Enchanted April, and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Her designs for The Miser were displayed at the International Prague Quadrennial held in the Czech Republic in 1999, along with her collaborative work with Bruce Duerden and Dennis Hassan on Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 2003. Nancy spent a year on sabbatical in the Northwest, designing Beauty and the Beast at the Northwest Children’s Theatre in Oregon and Hamlet for the Calaveras Repertory Theatre in California. Nancy received the 2005 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival’s Faculty Fellowship. Recently, she designed costumes for the Egyptian Theatre’s Peter Pan, The End of the Horizon at Salt Lake’s Plan-B Theatre Company, and Anne of Green Gables and Inherit the Wind at The Grand in Salt Lake City. During the 2008 OLRC season, Nancy’s costumes were on display in The Dresser and Beau Jest. She is the mother of twin boys Douglas and Tristan.