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I AM KATHRYN
Welcome to my virtual portfolio
Ever since I created my first costume in 1992, I've been bringing ideas for costumes and gowns to life for theaters and brides throughout Eastern Iowa. My husband and I make our home in Cedar Rapids, where I design one-of-a-kind dresses for weddings and entire wardrobes for shows. Each new wedding and performance season takes me on an exciting adventure of creative discovery as I deliver beautifully tailored and intricately detailed garments to happily satisfied clients. Scroll down to see some of my favorite work:

Intimate Apparel Corsets

Intimate Apparel
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Set in 1905, the story of Intimate Apparel (Lynn Nottage) brings alive the hardships and trials of a black, intimate garments seamstress as she creates garments for wealthy, white clients. Costume design included multiple Edwardian corsets - several of which are described in detail by the playwright - and including period pieces worn by the lead and a supporting role. This production was unique in having each corset visible to the audience from stage was also seen as material sold by a fabric salesman. Directed by Deanna Downes.

Intimate Apparel
Progress + Production Photos

Sally Nightmare Before Christmas

Sally, Night Before Christmas
Commission
Commissioned gown based on a more colorful version for the Disney parks. All fabric segments were hand drafted and built to fit the client. Details on the fabric were hand drawn and unseen segments were created for the back to complete the garment, based on the original movie design.

Sally
Progress Photos

Queen Elizabeth Shakespeare In Love

Shakespeare In Love
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Sweeping period romance based on the movie by Lee Hall. Commissioned piece was costume for Queen Elizabeth I. Sketch was approved by the creative team and costume was built in the studio. The outfit included a farthingale, heavily boned bodice (creative team said no corset), heart shaped back decoration with shawl - all garment pieces were heavily decorated with trims bought on a personal research trip to London, UK. The costume also included a snap on replacement stomacher, underskirt and shoulder piece for the incognito version. Directed by Angie Toomsen.

Sampling of Performance Costumes
Progress + Additional Photos

Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella Revival

Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella (Revival)
Prairie High School
Fun and colorful revival of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella. Commissioned to create both the first (rags to white dress) and the second transformation gown (pink to golden gown). Video of transformation available in the link below. Directed by Kami Zbanek-Hill. These gowns were also rented to another high school in West Liberty, Iowa.

Cinderella
Transformation Videos

Cinderella
Additional Photos

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair - An (Im-) Morality Play
Theatre Cedar Rapids
The classic tale with a comedic twist written by Kate Hamill. This production did not end up being completed due to COVID-19. The promotional garments were completed for a quick photo shoot with the leads. Coordinating masks were created so that the actors would be safe. All garments included period undergarments and details to accentuate the two diverse characters they represent.

Vanity Fair
Progress + Additional Photos

Custom Pink Wedding Gown

Janet's Bridal Gown
Commission
This garment was created at the request of a bride who wanted a peach/pink bridal gown covered in beads and flowers. The original dress was a simple white dress that was altered to fit the bride along with her specific design requests. All parts of the gown were then dyed - this included the veil, belt, flowers and pearls.

Extensive Wedding Alterations
Original + Progress + Additional Photos

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