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Shirley Klein

Head of Merchandising and Design

Shirley Klein is an independent Costume Designer and Wardrobe Stylist based in New York City, with a focus on storytelling through attire. As the creative force behind the African Diaspora Dance Association (ADDA) merchandise, Klein integrates the essence of narratives into every stitch, believing strongly in the power of costumes to amplify choreographic expressions and movements. Her philosophy centers on the conviction that fashion is a language capable of translating a choreographer's vision into a tangible, visual form, demanding not only a creative flair but a deep understanding of fashion and costume history.


A Fashion Institute of Technology alumna, Klein has honed her craft with a blend of formal education and the invaluable lessons learned from her mother, who taught her the fundamentals of sewing and design. Over a decade, she meticulously crafted recital and musical theatre costumes for her daughter, showcasing her creations in college fashion shows at Long Island Post University.


Today, Klein lends her expertise to Hunter College's dance department as its lead costume designer. Her current endeavor involves spearheading the expansion of the Dance Costume department, demonstrating her commitment to elevating the role of costume design in the performing arts.

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