Monica has always held a special place in her heart for textiles, handmade and the unravelling of a great story.
It was during a school trip to the Stratford Festival where it all came together. She was immediately enamoured with theatre craft and the exquisite costumes gracing the stages – especially the hats and headdresses.
The contribution made by costumes to the story was remarkable. The manner with which lighting and finishing techniques could trick the eye was awe inspiring. The variety of textiles and mediums utilized to create the magic was endless.
After many years of employment with the Stratford Festival and then almost a decade as Head Milliner at Seamless Costumes, Monica took the bold step to open her own Toronto atelier specializing in bespoke theatre craft.
In 2011 Monica moved her studio to her hometown of Stratford, Ontario.
This is where she continues to work on the most incredible productions in the world; while creating and problem solving with the best costume designers and design teams.
When scheduling permits, Monica presents various programming and curriculums at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion and Ryerson’s Theatre School. She lectures (live or by zoom) at various venues; including York University’s Theatre School. Monica also teaches Millinery workshops with Stratford’s Off the Wall.
Images: Raggedy Anne headdresses in progress
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular!
Costume Design: Gregg Barnes