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Resident Costume Designer for the Historic Palace Theatre

November 2021-Present

I am the first ever resident costume designer at the Historic Palace Theatre. I am solely responsible for all designs, building, buying, and budgeting of each show. I am also in charge of maintaining both the sewing shop and costume stock. I have been with the Palace since their 2021-2022 season.

Previous Shows: 

Shrek Jr. (July 2023)

The Music Man (July 2023)

Million Dollar Quartet (April 2023)        "Million Dollar Quartet relives an epic rock..."

The Little Mermaid (March 2023)

The Great Gatsby: A Radio Play (January 2023)

Scrooge: The Musical (December 2022)

Matilda (October 2022)

Pippin (September 2022)        'Pippin' a dream role for Palace player Sean Ryan

42nd Street (July 2022)        "Curtain Up presents: 42nd Street"

Young Frankenstein (March 2022)       'Young Frankenstein' rising at the Palace

Upcoming 2023-2024 Season:

Little Shop of Horrors (October 2023)

White Christmas (November/December 2023)

Steel Magnolias (January 2024)

Cinderella (March 2024)

Sister Act (July 2024)

Costume Portfolio

Historic Palace Theatre

Co-Costume Director at Lockport High School

Fall 2020-Present

I am currently the Co-Costume Director at Lockport High School for both the Fall Play and Spring Musical annually. 

Shows to date include:

All Shook Up (March 2023, 9 Kenny Awards Nominations)        A sneak peek at Lockport...

Puffs (October 2022)

Into the Woods (March 2022)

Radium Girls (October 2021)        'Radium Girls' will shine on the LHS stage

Godspell (June 2021)

Seamstress for Houndstooth Costume Collective 

July 2022- present

Shows worked on include: "Measure for Measure" at Shakespeare in Delaware Park (June 22nd - July 16th, 2023) "Un Ballo in Maschera" by Giuseppe Verdi through Buffalo Opera Unlimited (December 2nd & 4th, 2022), and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Shakespeare in Delaware Park (July 28th - August 21st, 2022).

Houndstooth Costume Collective

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Buffalo Opera Unlimited

Costume Designer for "La Boheme"

October 2022

I was the costume designer for the NACC's production of "La Boheme". The show's costumes were in a traditional style true to the 1800's. The production was an adapted version featuring a cast of 7.

NACC

Co-Costume Designer for "Dogfight"

September 2022

I was the co-costume designer for Bellissima Production's "Dogfight". The costumes included many 50's & 60's inspired outfits in addition to authentic thrifted marine uniforms for the male presenting characters. 

Bellissima Productions

Costume Director for "Legally Blonde"

March 2022

I was costume directing Aaron Mossell Junior High School's production of "Legally Blonde" in March of 2022. The production featured a mix of thrifted pieces and curated pieces from the costume shop.  

Interim Alterations Manager

November 2020 to January 2021

I was promoted to Interim Alterations Lead Manager at David's Bridal in Tonawanda while the current manager was out on maternity leave. Tasks include completing all alterations fittings and pickups, sewing of customer's dresses, keeping track of statistics, managing work for alteration specialists, quality control of completed garments, floor managing, customer service, opening and closing tasks, organizing product and items to be serviced. I was in this position from November to January of 2020.

Costumer Designer for "Hello, Dolly!"

April 2020

I was the Costume Designer for Lockport High School's 2020 production of Hello Dolly! The show was nominated for the Kenny Awards at Shea's Theater in Buffalo. The show was supposed to run April 3rd, 4th and 5th with the Kenny Awards being on May 16th, but unfortunately all events were cancelled due to Covid-19. I designed and built all the costumes for the lead character, Dolly Levi, as well as helped with organizing and curating costumes for all other 35 members of the cast. Please visit my costuming page to see the garments created for the show!

Costume Design

Bridal Stylist

December 2019 to February 2021

I began working as a Bridal Stylist at David's Bridal in Amherst. Based on a bride's vision for her special day, I help her find her dream dress, accessories and dresses for her bridesmaids. I am able to work with any budget and vision to help make the day perfect for my client. My experience in alterations gives me the added ability to help a bride envision how her dress will look once its perfectly fitted to her.

Completed Bachelor of Science Degree from Buffalo State University

May 18th, 2019

I graduated from Buffalo State University in Buffalo, New York on May 18th, 2019 Summa Cum Laude with double honors. I have a bachelors degree in Fashion and Textile Technology with a concentration in Apparel Design. I also have successfully completed the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program while at Buffalo State.

Buffalo State University

"Venus: An Exploration in Lingerie Construction Techniques"

May 4th, 2019

At the annual Student Research and Creativity Conference at Buffalo State College, I gave a 15 minute oral presentation highlighting my process of making a 6 outfit lingerie collection titled "Venus". My presentation started with my beginning concept, trend researching, and my own research into my design influences. From there, I discussed my process for selecting fabrics and designing my garments. I then flat patterned most of my pieces leaving only a few to be draped. I discussed the process of fitting and sewing all my garments. Lastly, I concluded with photos of my finished garments from Runway 12.

SRCC

American Sewing Guild Award at Buffalo State Runway 12

April 27th, 2019

I received the American Sewing Guild Award for Workmanship and Creativity at Buffalo State's Runway 12 "ReAwakening" for my senior collection "Venus".  The prize included a cash prize, sewing supplies and a PGM mannequin.

American Sewing Guild

Runway 12 Senior Designer

April 27th, 2019

My Collection, "Venus",  was featured at Runway 12 as part of the senior collection section. I auditioned my collection and was one of the few selected out of the senior class. This collection has been developed over the course of almost a year. "Venus" is an Italian renaissance and ocean inspired lingerie collection. The garments include panties, corsets, bras, robes, jumpsuits, skirts and dresses. The collection is also inspired by WGSN's Spring/Summer 2020 trend of "Empower Up.

Venus Collection

Feature for Runway 12 on Spectrum News

April 26th, 2019

I was interviewed alongside others student and faculty members about the Runway 12 fashion show and the process leading up to it. I talked about my collection, "Venus" and the inspiration for it. A look from my collection was featured as well.

"Finding and Creating the Future of Fashion on the Runway"

Outstanding Student Awardee for the Fashion and Textile Technology Program

April 18th, 2019

On April 18th, 2019, I was honored at the Honors Convocation for the Honors Program at Buffalo State. At the ceremony, I received the Outstanding Student award for the Fashion and Textile Technology Program.

"Students Who Soar: Jordan Stover's Awards, Internships Push Her Toward Dream"

March 8th, 2019

I was selected by the head of the Muriel A. Howard Honors program, Dr. Amy McMillan, to be interviewed for the Students Who Soar web series on Buffalo State's website. The focus of the interview was on my accomplishments to date, my post graduation plans, my experience at Buffalo State, and my backstory. The interview features at 2 minute video and an article.

Students Who Soar Interview

Intern for Zandra Rhodes in London, England

January 2019

I was the 2018 winner of the ITAA Eden Travel Award. This award included a two week internship with Zandra Rhodes in London, England. While there, I worked with one of the head designers, Hayley Cowling, on digital design  of prints for fabric, mugs, cars, and more. I also worked with the sewing department on prepping the screen printed fabric for cutting and sewing.

Zandra Rhodes

2018 ITAA Eden Travel Award Winner

November 9th, 2018

On November 9th, 2018, I was announced the winner of the Eden Travel award at the annual International Textile and Apparel Association conference. This national award was decided upon portfolio submissions from the ITAA universities in the US. The award includes a 2 week internship with Zandra Rhodes at her museum in London, England.

International Textile and Apparel Association

Zandra Rhodes

"Interconnecting the Unexpected: Combinations and Styles in Cotton"

May 5th, 2018

For SRCC, my poster presentation focused on a three piece outfit I constructed out of only cotton. The top was a button up style made out of denim and sateen. The top featured a collar, princess seams with piping, pockets, a back and front yolk, and an A-line fit below the waist. The skirt was a tea length pencil skirt constructed out of voile that included french seams, darts, invisible zipper, and a slit. The outfit also included a belt made out of cotton sateen.

SRCC

Runway 11

April 21st, 2018

My collection 1890 was shown at Runway 11 at Buffalo State University. My evening wear collection was inspired by both cemetery angels and women's mourning wear from 1890. In addition, I showcased a lavender gown in the single item category and a three piece outfit for the cotton collection.

1890 Collection

Alterations Specialist at David's Bridal

May 2017 to July 2018

I am a former Alterations Specialist at David's Bridal on Niagara Falls Boulevard. At David's, I completed fittings for bridesmaids, brides, mother of the brides/grooms, and all other special occasion gowns. Also, I completed the sewing for all previously listed gowns, booked appointments, steamed and organized gowns, and operated POS systems. Resigned this position on July 5th.

"Sew Young" feature in Notions National Sewing Magazine

May 2017

I was featured in Notions National Sewing Magazine in an article titled "Sew Young". The article discusses the dress I created for Runway 10 and how it was constructed along with my upcoming plans. The article was released summer 2017.

Single Item for Workmanship Award

April 22nd, 2017

I am a former Alterations Specialist at David's Bridal on Niagara Falls Boulevard. At David's, I completed fittings for bridesmaids, brides, mother of the brides/grooms, and all other special occasion gowns. Also, I completed the sewing for all previously listed gowns, booked appointments, steamed and organized gowns, and operated POS systems. Resigned this position on July 5th.

"The Wearable Scrapbook" feature in The Union Sun and Journal

July 2016

I was featured in The Union Sun and Journal for the dress I created for graduation. The dress was made entirely out of black and white photos from my 4 years in high school printed on fabric in a tea length, sweetheart design.

"The Wearable Scrapbook"

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