Sheehan brings innovation to “Fashion Design” Teen Studio Class

“Re-Design or Re-Fashion is an alteration intending to bring excitement to a boring garment and to re-make an existing garment to fit your personality,” says Elizabeth Cole Sheehan, a veteran costume designer with over 25 years of professional costuming and design experience.


Costumes for “Precious Bane” designed by Sheehan. Photo by Susan Grimm.

If the intention of fashion re-design is about creatively re-envisioning the materials currently at your fingertips, then Sheehan is the perfect match for ACA’s “Fashion Design and Re-Design” Teen Studio this summer. In “Fashion Design and Re-Design,” students will have the opportunity to creatively re-envision and re-use existing garments with their own creative spin. Sheehan will bring her design and costuming expertise to this fun and engaging studio class intended for teens looking to explore their interests in fashion and design.

Having worked as the Costume Director for various productions through the Randolph Theater Company, Ballet Theatre of Boston, and Boston Conservatory of Music, just to name a few, Sheehan has developed quite the fashion design repertoire: everything from designing costumes for successful productions of The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland to creating an 1850s era costume for Ellen Jackson, the daughter of a prominent abolitionist who lived in Newton, Massachusetts for the Jackson Homestead Museum.


Costumes for “Precious Bane” designed by Sheehan. Photo by Susan Grimm.

Sheehan, who has costumed plays, musicals, opera and ballet in colleges, high schools, summer stock, community and professional theatre, is never afraid to take creative risks when it comes to fashion design. She notes: “As a costumer, I stretch my budget with unconventional fabric choices. For A Midsummer Night Dream, a damask table cloth became a wedding gown. In Precious Bane, the young female lead’s peach eyelet gown started life as a bed-spread, and the wizard’s long luxurious brocade coat was made from a shower-curtain.


Sheehan is also always up for a creative design challenge. She states: “In the classroom, I’m a teacher that sincerely enjoys the challenge of helping students navigate a design path of new discovery.”


In “Fashion Design and Re-Design,” students will have the opportunity to sketch their designs, shop for the right materials in local thrift stores, and create something new and uniquely personal out of existing materials. Students interested in exploring and expanding their fashion design skills have two opportunities to take this fun and engaging Teen Studio program this summer; “Fashion Design and Redesign” will run twice this summer, during Week 7 (08/03 – 08/07) and Week 9 (08/17 – 08/21).


Costumes for “Precious Bane” designed by Sheehan. Photo by Susan Grimm.

Come join us for an innovative and creative program for teens looking to make a splash in the fashion world or just to explore a different artistic medium. For more information, call ACA’s office at (781)-648-6220 or visit our website at http://www.acarts.org.

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