Matthew Philip Freeman

Matthew Philip Freeman

South Easton, Massachusetts
Special Occasion

What made me want to become a designer was my love for film and theater. When I was four, my family and I went to see the touring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. I remember starting to draw and sketch at around the same time. It wasn’t till I was eight that I had started to sew, which just came out of curiosity from watching my nana hand sewing. She quickly taught me how to hand sew, and off I went. That year I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas, which I was lucky enough to get. Through trial and error, I taught myself how to use the machine. It was around this time that I also started theater and dance. When I got into high school, I was tasked by my director with making costumes for the musical productions that I was also in. Naturally, I figured that because I like to sew and sketch garments I would pursue fashion design after high school. During my first semester at FIT I realized that the fashion design industry wasn’t for me, but that costume design was truly where my heart was. I really enjoyed what I was learning at FIT, so I stayed in the program to see how I could adapt what I was learning to costume design. As a designer I want my clothing to serve a purpose, tell a story, and transport and move the audience to another time period or world. I am a huge lover of fashion history and historical dress especially from the 1700s to the 1940s. I chose to go into the Special Occasion concentration because during that period is when people wore some of the most extravagant clothing in history and/or changed their clothing depending on the time of day or activity. What is unique to me as a designer, especially at FIT, is that I want to become a costume designer. My work serves a purpose other than myself, because in theory it serves the needs of a story and director’s vision, as well as the physical needs of the actor or dancer wearing the garment.


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FIT, State University of New York

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