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Alaina Zulli - Technician, Sewing Machines

Alaina received an A.A.S. in Patternmaking from F.I.T. in 2003 and an M.A. in Visual Arts: Costume Studies in 2010 from N.Y.U., where she examined the history of American women and the evolution of sewing techniques and clothing production. Her dreams of becoming a costume historian got derailed by a job sewing costumes for Broadway, which was so enjoyable that she has been doing sewing-related things ever since. She has also worked as an alterations specialist for the fashion industry, television, and film, and a stitcher for the New York City Ballet. Her freelance work includes made-to-order special-occasion gowns, historical reproductions for museums and educators, samplemaking for designers, and alterations/repairs with a focus on women’s vintage and  women’s formalwear. In the rare times she isn’t sewing, she can be found doing the typical Young Brooklyn thing: going out for brunch, perfecting her fermented pickle recipe, and reading works of classic literature.