Melanie Schuessler Bond

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Professor of Costume Design

School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts

102 Judy Sturgis Hill Building


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Melanie Schuessler Bond brings years of experience as a professional costume designer, costume technician and costume history scholar to Eastern. Though her passion extends to all periods of fashion history, her research focuses on the clothing of 16th-century England and Scotland. Recent presentations include "Deconstructing and Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Clothing in Film" and "Cloak and Dagger: Treason and Clothing in Tudor England" at the International Medieval Congress. Recent publications include "Costume Design for the Stage in the United States" in Documenting: Costume Design, "Fashioning the Middle Ages: Teaching Medieval Culture Through Clothing," in the online journal The Once and Future Classroom, "French Hoods: Development of a Sixteenth-Century Court Fashion" in Medieval Clothing and Textiles, volume 5 and "'She Hath Over Grown All that Ever She Hath': Children's Clothing in the Lisle Letters, 1553-40" in Medieval Clothing and Textiles, volume 3. Professional design credits include The Rivals, Pygmalion, Twelfth Night, and Tartuffe for Michigan Shakespeare Festival; Art of Murder, Five Course Love, Flyover, U.S.A., Talley's Folly, and Flap for Williamston Theatre, Williamston, MI; Southern Comforts for Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, MI; One Flea Spare for Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, MI; Lucia di Lammermoor, Lady, Be Good, and Ain't Misbehavin' for Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee, WI; The Caretaker, Steam Bath, and Twelfth Night for Bialystock and Bloom, Milwaukee, WI; and Macbeth for the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company. On the technical side of costuming, she has worked as a professional cutter/draper for dozens of shows at companies including Skylight Opera Theatre, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Next Act Theatre and Madison Repertory Theatre.


  • MFA, Costume Design, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1998
  • BA, History, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1995


  • EDT 153 Technical Theatre: Costume and Makeup
  • EDT 256 Costume Construction and Crafts
  • EDT 353 Digital Design for Theatre and the Entertainment Industry
  • EDT 363 Stage Costume: History and Theory
  • EDT 364 Costume Design
  • EDT 365 Costume Draping
  • EDT 366 Advanced Stage Makeup
  • EDT 663 Costume I
  • EDT 664 Costume II


  • Entertainment Design and Technology, majors and minors
  • Theatre Arts, majors and minors

Professional Affiliations

  • Costume Society of America
  • The Costume Society (Great Britain)
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology