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Aleta Deyo

Fashion Design Program Coordinator
Associate Professor

Fashion Design
School of Design

(617) 928-4638


M.F.A., Cinematography, The Polish National Film School
Associate Degree, The Jagielonian University


To Professor Deyo, costume design is about solving multiple problems to achieve one final goal.  “From a costumer’s perspective, directors, choreographers, and actors have different needs; from the initial visual impact, to the more functional aspects related to each characters role in the production.”

This particular perspective translates to her classroom as well.  “Students are as unique as the problems they need to solve. I often function as a coach in the studio bringing out the best in their work; pushing them to surpass their own expectations in all phases of the design process.” The program offers many avenues of support to its designers through peer review, outside panel critiques with industry professional and one on one consultations with professors and tutors.

As a costume designer, she brings to the college a broad skill set– from milliner to painter– and draws parallels to fashion.  She has created a wide range of wearable items, from dressing a cow for a National Geographic photo shoot to creating historically accurate garments for reenactment societies and everything in between.

Her favorite area to explore is the integration of technology in fashion.  “It is exciting to try new things: 3-D printing, 3-D pen tools with new filaments that stretch, glow and conduct electricity, light-up garments and ultrasonic bonding are just some of the new frontiers I have integrated into our curriculum.”

She advises students that “It is important to build a broad portfolio and to show excellence in many areas.  I try to include a wide range of special topics in our curriculum: millinery, print design, Cosplay and handbag design are a few we have explored recently.  It makes them more marketable.”

She has many career highlights but places writing the foundation for the curriculum for costume and technical design study at the Boston Arts Academy on top of the list, along with creating costume pieces for National Geographic Magazine and Cary Wolinsky Photography.   She also mentions with pride, developing the textile department curriculum for the Charles River Creative Arts Program in Dover, MA.

Professor Deyo is the Program Coordinator for Fashion Design and teaches the senior design studio development and production classes, Advanced Flat Pattern Drafting, Sophomore Design Studio and Special Topics in Fashion Design.