As costume makers, our goal is to create clothes that tell the story. Our unique signature shows in the way we support a designer’s vision and bring it to life: Decades of experience inform our ability to use materials, cuts and colors that prioritize story and character, while also meeting the requirements of budget, timeline and performance. Because our name is sewn into every costume we create, quality craftsmanship is the hallmark of our work.
Founder & Creative Director
Eric Winterling was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where he began sewing at the age of 9. After watching his mother make clothes for his siblings, Eric was inspired to take up sewing, making clothes for himself and his sister, who was his first muse.
After receiving his MFA in fine arts from Temple University, Eric began his career as the resident costume designer for the Houston Grand Opera. During his tenure with HGO, Eric realized that his greatest interest was the keen and astute interpretation of design renderings. This discovery focused Eric’s career trajectory on the construction of costumes. After a move to NYC, and a couple of valuable stints in other shops, Eric was able to realize his dream of opening his own studio.
Designer: Eiko Ishioka
Eric founded his company, Eric Winterling, Inc., in 1990 and has never looked back. For the past three decades, he's used his depth and breadth of experience to continuously build and expand his full-service studio. Eric takes a holistic approach to costume creation: He believes, first and foremost, that costumes must stay true to and support the story being told. And because every project is different, Eric is committed to providing the resources, feedback and space necessary to bring the designer’s vision to life.
As our managing director, Michael oversees our operations and client relations, from the first conversation through to costume completion. Michael joined Eric Winterling in 2017 after two decades in account development in the cosmetic and publishing industries. His experience building long-term relationships and developing and executing internal sales and marketing strategies has provided Michael with a comprehensive view of business development. Michael says, “As the business mind in the most creative place in the world, I'm inspired every day to help support the magic and creativity that happens in our studio."
Eric Winterling directs a talented team of master drapers, dressmakers and stitchers who construct each costume by hand, with an unwavering attention to detail and quality. In addition to custom dressmaking, our in-house team are experts in beading and embroidery, fabric dyeing, costume aging, tailoring and sourcing.
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Please call the studio at (212) 629-7686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.