Professor Tamanaha graduated from FIT with an AAS in Fashion Design, then went on to receive a BS in Costume Design in Theater Arts from Brooklyn College. He earned an MFA in Costume Production in Theater Arts from Boston University where he surveyed numerous historical costumes while serving as a teaching fellow.
He has worked in the fashion industry for many years as an expert in prototype development for such companies as DKNY Coat, PHI Susan Dell, BCBG MAX AZRIA, Herve Leger, and Alice + Olivia. Professor Tamanaha has also designed and produced costumes for the many theater and opera productions in New York and Boston for McLeod Summer Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, and Glimmerglass Opera. He is an advisor to FIT’s Costume Design Club.