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RESUME

Objective

Versatile costume and fashion designer successful in taking on any challenge. Enthusiastic about new professional experiences. I seek to contribute my skills and experience as an assistant costume designer or costume shop manager. Creative, hands on and well versed in all aspect of design for fashion and costumes in theatre, television and film.

 

Skills

Building and costume crafts

Pattern making and draping specialist

Construction and sewing expertise

knowledge of fabrics and textiles

Makeup hair and wig knowledge

Basic millinery skills

Painting, dying and distressing

Wardrobe and costume styling

Sketching and rendering skills

Shop and wardrobe management

Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

Excellent collaborator

Skilled multi-tasker

Budget administration experience

 

Professional Info

I have been involved in the rigorous fashion course study under the tutelage of experienced members of the fashion and costume community. During this time I have been trained and gained extensive knowledge in the areas of garment construction, pattern making, draping, sewing, illustration, computer aided design, and graphic design. I was the 2002 recipient of the Karin Shier Memorial Scholarship. I was also chosen to represent the college in the International Gen Arts Competition. In 2010 I was chosen as an HATCH Emerging Designer and in 2012, I was an Emerging Designer at PLITZS New York Fashion Week. I have been featured in Scene Magazine, WNC Magazine, Our State Magazine and The Mountain Express. I created period costumes for photoshoots for Verve Magazine in the February 2013 and 20014 issues. My designs were recently was featured in Vintage New York City Magazine I participated in, A Costume Drama Fashion Show Fundraiser for the Asheville Community Theatre in 2012 and 2013 and my designs were chosen for the events advertisements. In the past I have worked as a graphic designer and an assistant merchandiser for a women's and children's pajama company. I am currently a freelance designer and also working on my fashion line, Provocation by Kristina Benshoff.
 

 

Areas of expertise include:

  • Highly organized and able to manage a team

  • Good communication skills

  • Able to work under pressure to strict deadlines

  • Able to collaborate with others and work independently

  • Garment production skills and knowledge of textiles

  • Knowledge of costume history and modern fashion

  • Skilled in research and have a wide-ranging cultural knowledge base

  • Experience working with and dressing large groups of artists, and actors/actresses in costume.

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Work Experience

Six Flags Over Georgia/ Costume Supervisor, June 2015 - Current

Austell, GA

  • Managed daily Wardrobe operations and entertainment department employees.

  • Coordination and overseeing of daily and weekly tasks of the Wardrobe staff including: scheduling, costume shop , sewing room and laundry duties.

  • Create costume designs for shows and special events

  • Distressing, dying, and painting costumes.

  • Designing ,pattern drafting,and construction of costumes.

  • Performs fittings, alterations, modifications and repairs of all costumes.

  • Inspect and ensured costume quality, costume replacement needs and Management of costume stock

  • Shopping for costumes, fabric and supplies based on budget and schedules.

  • Dressing and styling large groups of actors

  • Participated in technical and dress rehearsals; noted and executed changes to costumes.

  • Developed dressing lists and prepared accessories bags to control inventories.

 

Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Singing in the Rain/ Costume Assistant, 3/19-4/19

Marietta, GA

  • Worked directly with the head costume designer assisting with daily costume preparation and needs.

  • Performed fittings, alterations and modifications

  • Built costumes and crafts for the show.

  • Assisted designer during technical rehearsals

  • Worked with Actors/Actresses assisting with costumes for filming for production

  • Shopped for fabrics and costumes and made returns.

     

Cirque Eloize: Saloon/ Wardrobe Assistant, 2/ 5/19

Powder Springs Performing Arts Center

  • Worked directly with the head of costume and wardrobe assisting with daily costume preparation and needs.

  • Laundered, steamed and fixed costumes in preparation for the show.

  • Made sure costumes were ready for the shows and in the artists dressing rooms.

  • Repaired costumes as needed.

 
 
The Grand Hustle: Reality Television/ Seamstress, 9/18

Atlanta, GA

  • Worked directly with the talent performing fittings and alterations.

  • Worked with stylist choosing fashionable outfits and accessories for talent.

  • Organized outfits for each episode.


 

Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar/ Costume Assistant, 2/17

Marietta, GA

  • Worked directly with the head costume designer assisting with daily costume preparation and needs.

  • Performed fittings, alterations and modifications.

  • Built costumes and crafts for the show.

  • Assisted designer during technical rehearsals

 

 

Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios/ Wardrobe Assistant 2/16-5/16

Atlanta, GA

  • Worked directly with the head of costume and wardrobe assisting with daily costume preparation and needs.

  • Inspected and ensured costume quality, costume repair and replacement needs.

  • Made sure costumes were ready for the show and in the artists dressing rooms.

  • Pressed and steamed costumes daily.

  • Performed repairs to costumes before and after use.

  • Laundered and maintained organization of daily costumes.

  • Preset costumes backstage and made sure they were ready for rigging.

  • Styled wigs, beards, and mustaches daily.

  • Made sure the artist had wigs, beards and mustaches ready for the shows daily.

  • Helped artists style hair as well as wig preparation.

  • Worked on sewing projects and made sure all costumes were ready for the show.

  • Made sure all costume and sewing emergencies were done and ready for the performance.

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Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza /Wardrobe Assistant 3/15-5/15

Columbus OH

 

  • Worked directly with the head of costume and wardrobe assisting with daily costume preparation and needs.

  • Inspected and ensured costume quality, costume repair and replacement needs.

  • Made sure costumes were ready for the shows and in the artists dressing rooms.

  • Pressed and steamed costumes daily.

  • Performed repairs to costumes before and after use.

  • Laundered and maintained organization of daily costumes.

 

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Freelance Fashion Designer & Stylist/2004 - present

Forward-thinking fashion designer with commended experience in:

 

  • Fittings, alterations and building costumes from existing patterns.

  • Able to develop designs by hand and computer.

  • Constructed samples for multiple clothing designers

  • Skilled at working with small teams as well as individual customers

  • Adept in consulting in small start-up organizations.

  • Preformed market research evaluating new trends.

  • Generated specifications and line sheets for apparel companies as well as self created designs.

  • Preformed fittings and fit approvals.

  • Improved flow of design process by making suggestions concerning color ways and methods for using, textiles, prints and trims.

 

Assistant Merchandiser & CAD Designer/Chicago IL, 2002 - 2004

My job responsibilities:

  • Working directly with designers and merchandisers developing concept boards and seasonal line sheets.

  • Planning and formulating research and development of potential product lines based on the current customer base and market trends.

  • Executing designs for private label and licensed sleepwear.

  • Graphic design, print and pattern development using CAD systems.

  • Flat sketching and masking bodies for the new seasons.

  • Maintaining a fabric resource and PMS color library to support seasonal inspiration.

Education

 

Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah GA, 1998-2002

 

Bachelors of Art/Fashion Design

 

 
Academy of Art University
2016-2019

 

Masters of Fine Arts

MFA in Costume Design

 

 

 

 

*References Upon Request