Paul Zastupnevich

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Paul Zastupnevich
Born(1921-12-24)December 24, 1921
DiedMay 9, 1997(1997-05-09) (aged 75)

Paul Zastupnevich (December 24, 1921 – May 9, 1997) was an American costume designer and assistant to movie producer and director Irwin Allen, active in film from 1959 to 1980.[1] He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for three films produced by Allen: The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Swarm (1978) and When Time Ran Out (1980).


Born in Homestead, Pennsylvania, his education included a degree in fashion design. Zastupnevich's early career was spent acting in stage productions and designing costumes for many of them. In addition to costume design in Irwin Allen's productions, Zastupnevich appeared in a number of Allen's movies and television series, such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Lost in Space.[2]

Zastupnevich ran his own boutique, "The House of Z", in Pasadena, California, with his sister Olga, and he designed clothes for actresses. In 1994, he was the special guest of honor at a convention in England. He presented several talks at the convention, covering his work with Irwin Allen. The same year he became honorary president of the Irwin Allen News Network, which is dedicated to all of Allen's works. In 1996 he was living in Palm Desert, California.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


Costume designer[edit]


  • The Man who came to Dinner (as Banjo)
  • David Copperfield (as Mr Dick)
  • The Madwoman of Chaillot (as French Sgt. of Police)
  • Plain and Fancy (Jolly Jacob Yoder)
  • Blind Alley (as young man)
  • Affairs of State
  • Hazel Kirke
  • Oklahoma
  • Separate Rooms
  • Meet the Wife
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • St. Joan
  • Nathan the Wise
  • Plain and Fancy
  • Anastasia (as Petrovin)
  • Solid Gold Cadillac (as Gillie)

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film
1973 Academy Awards Nominated Best Costume Design The Poseidon Adventure
1979 The Swarm
1981 When Time Ran Out
1986 Emmy Award Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program Alice in Wonderland


  1. ^ "Paul Zastupnevich costume design drawings, 1960-1979". Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ Jon Abbott (3 October 2006). Irwin Allen Television Productions, 1964-1970: A Critical History of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants. McFarland. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-0-7864-8662-5.
  3. ^ Meeks, Eric G. (2012). Palm Springs Celebrity Homes: Little Tuscany, Racquet Club, Racquet Club Estates and Desert Park Estates Neighborhoods (Kindle)|format= requires |url= (help). Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 475 (location number). ASIN B00A2PXD1G.

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