Michael Alan Stein, is an award-winning costume designer. His professional journey began at Parsons School of Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where he studied Clothing Design.
In a career spanning more than two decades, Michael’s work has graced many of this nation’s premiere stages, including: The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, and The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts. He has also garnered an international reputation. Mr. Stein is known for his striking silhouettes and vibrant use of color and due to his versatility, his design skills seamlessly span across theatre, film, and television. Michael has been commissioned to design projects ranging from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, to restaurant uniform design. Michael brands every project with his distinct sensibility and signature design aesthetic.
“My purpose, through character development, is to tell the stories of the people I encounter. My goal is to give form and function that is authentic to their situations, through their respective wardrobe choices.”
Because of his commitment to his craft, Michael is a sought after lecturer. He is also on the advisory board for the School of Fine Arts at Dominican University. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including, a Fellowship from The National Endowment for The Arts and a Joseph Jefferson Citation for outstanding achievement in costume design. Additionally, his original sketch and design for world-renowned artist and photographer Renee Cox’s RAJÉ (RAGE!) superhero character are placed in the permanent collection of Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. After many years at the forefront of costume design he continues to express his creativity as Principal Designer of his eponymous clothing line the Michael Alan Stein Collection.