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About Ute

Ute Hiltl - Costume Design and Haute Couture

Ute Hiltl is a professional pattern maker, expert tailor and costume maker.

A talented artist, she specializes in haute couture, custom-tailored garments and theatrical costumes.

Ute Hiltl was born and trained in Germany. She did a 3-year apprenticeship at Maria Maurer, Haute Couture Atelier for tailoring, receiving the Gesellenbrief certification.

Ute worked as a costume maker for the Mannheimer National Theater and subsequently served as the assistant to the costume designer and garment master at the prestigious Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Germany.

After four years working in theater, Ute went on to earn a master’s degree at the Deutsche Meisterschule fuer Mode, Munich, in patternmaking, draping, tailoring and teaching.

Following her graduation, she began to work independently as a tailor and costume maker for theaters, film, haute couture and private clients in Munich, Germany.

Photography by Mark Kopelev

She came to the United States in 1994 where she continued her work in theater and the fashion industry. Since living in New York, she has worked as the head of the Men’s Costume Shop at the Metropolitan Opera and has made patterns and costumes for the New York Theater Ballet and several costume and haute couture designers.

In addition to teaching pattern making at Parson’s School of Design, the New School, Ute offers private tutoring in pattern making, draping and sewing techniques. She also provides custom-tailoring services and advises private clients on fashion, helping them find and wear clothing to best complement their body and style.

​Ute Hiltl lives and works in New York City.












​Adjunct Professor at Drew University

Teaches courses in costume design, sewing and pattern making

Parsons  School of Design, The New School, NYC, NY

Adjunct professor teaching pattern making and draping

Self-Employed as a Master Pattern Maker, Draper and Tailor
Specializes in haute couture, high-end fashion and costume construction

Head of Men’s Costume Shop
First tailor at Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, NYC, NY

Parsons School of Design, The New School, NYC, NY
Studied pattern making, costume construction and the business of fashion

Supervisor of Costume Department, Scorpio Film Productions, Munich, Germany

Director of Costume Department at Weilheimer Theatersommer, Germany

Fashion Designer, freelance at Mondi, Slendor Fashion Munich, Germany

Volkshochschule School for Continuing Education, Munich, Germany
Instruction on costume design

Muenchener Kammerspiele Theater, Munich, Germany
Costume tailor and wardrobe

Photography by Mark Kopelev

Throughout her impressive career, Ms. Hiltl has worked with well known directors, designers, singers and actors including:


            James Acheson

            Anna Anni

            Raimonda Gaetani

            Richard Hudson

            Michael Levine

            Antony McDonald

            Frida Parmeggiani

            Anita Rask-Nielsen

            Carrie Robbins

            Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan
            Mark Thompson


            Rudolf Noelte

            Cordula Trantow

            Robert Wilson
            Franco Zeffirelli


            Roberto Alagna

            Jose Carreras

            Vladimir Chernov

            John Del Carlo

            Placido Domingo

            Ben Heppner

            Peggy March

            Luciano Pavarotti

            Bryn Terfel

            Ramon Vargas
            Judy Winter

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