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Michelle Thomas
(Aunt Funky's Closet)


Fashion Designer, Costumer and Alterations specialist

Extensive background in design concept development, administration / project management, order processing and showroom management. Experienced costumer and tailor in TV and film, commercials and music video production.  Creator of innovative design concepts that incorporates my knowledge of current fashion trends and trend forecasting in order to make original designer items.  Extensive seamstress experience performing alterations and tailoring for red carpet looks, during fittings and on set for A-List clients.

Designer / Tailor Skills

Sewing- Straight Stitch, Hand Stitching, Sewing - Serger, Beading, Wood burning, Leather Working, Original Designs, Concept Development, Jewelry Design, Industrial / Home Sewing, Resin and Casting, Fabrication, Mold Building, Rhinestone application, Alterations/ Tailoring


Professional Experience

Costumer: TV / Film


Wardrobe Lead                                    November 2022              “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” Awards Show

Wardrobe Lead                                    September 2022              “Hip Hop Awards Rap Cypher” Awards Show

Wardrobe Lead                                    June-August 2022             “Yara Shahidi’s Day Off” Talk Show

Wardrobe Lead                                    June 2022                       CNN “Juneteenth Special”

Costumer                                             March – April 2022          “Becoming a Popstar” Reality TV Series

Seamstress Cutter / Fitter                       July  - September 2021      “The Neighborhood” CBS Sitcom

Key Costumer                                       June-July 2021                  “The Devil You Know” Feature

ACD / Key Costumer                            May - June 2021               “Vicious” TV Series

Set Tailor                                             May 2021                        “Match Me If You Can” Reality TV Series

ACD / Key Costumer                            Feb. - April 2021               “Well Done w/ Sebastian Maniscalco” Docuseries

Set Costumer / Tailor                            June 2019                        “NBA Awards” w/ Shaquille Oneal


Set Tailor / Alterations: Commercials / Music Videos


Set Tailor                                              September 2022              “Petsmart” Featuring Jujubee

Set Tailor                                              September 2022              “Beats by Dre” Featuring Jackson Wong

Set Tailor                                              September 2021              “Made You look” Meghan Trainor Music Video

Set Tailor                                              August 2022                     Ulta Beauty

Set Tailor                                              June 2022                         Ulta Beauty

Set Tailor                                              May 2022                      “Neutrogena” Featuring Jenna Ortega

Set Tailor                                              July 2021                       “The General” Featuring Shaquille Oneal

Set Tailor                                              December 2020               “The General” Featuring Shaquille Oneal

Set Tailor                                              December 2020               “Ebay” 

Set Tailor                                              January 2020                  “JC Penny”

Set Tailor                                              September 2019              “The General” Featuring Shaquille Oneal

Set Tailor                                              February 2019                 “The General” Featuring Shaquille Oneal


Fashion Design

Aunt Funky’s Closet & The Kut Studios

As the owner and designer of Aunt Funky’s Closet, Inc. I am responsible for every aspect of the company as the President of the Corporation. I am the owner of The Kut Studios LA, a fashion design studio and showroom in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. Below is a list of my responsibilities as the President and designer, but is not limited to these duties:

Owner/ Designer                                                June 2010 - Present                                  Los Angeles, CA

  • Setup of designer Showroom

  • Acquisition of retail buyers specific to brand target market

  • Utilization of design techniques and tools involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • Presenting, promoting, and selling showroom products and services, including marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • Designing original avant-garde design concepts by topic or inspirational mood boards.

  • Direct and train interns and apprentices on new design techniques and concepts

  • Cultivation and creation of client design ideas

  • Set prices for styles, Development of capsule accessory collections

  • Acquisition of stockists / retailers through dynamic sale presentations

  • Identify target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status

  • Provide sample garments to agents and sales representatives, and arrange for showings of sample garments at sales meetings, fashion and trade shows.

  • Read scripts and consulting directors and other production staff in order to develop design concepts and plan productions.  

  • Coordinate and negotiate rates for Pulls / Rentals by wardrobe stylists, creative directors and celebrity clientele

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