Mondo Morales ’12
Mondo Morales, a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, has spent his post collegiate years shaping and shifting the costume design field. His background in both dance and styling is apparent in his work; His costumes move effortlessly with their wearer and embody New York City’s style, merging urban fashion with contemporary dance-wear. He has costumed for artists such as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marymount Manhattan College, The Steps Ensemble, Jennifer Archibald, The Fosse Foundation, Hope Boykin, Earl Mosley, Sonya Tayeh, Pascal Rioult and Jeremy McQueen, among others. Mondo acted as The Alvin Ailey School’s Costume Coordinator/Wardrobe Supervisor from 2012-2015 and is currently on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College as their Costume Coordinator. In addition, Mondo works as a photo stylist and art director, collaborating with dance artists such as Sidra Bell, Jeremy McQueen, and Christian Von Howard, and photographers such as Jaqi Medlock, Jubal Battisti and Matthew Murphy. In 2016, Mondo had a solo exhibit, “Skinetic Moments”, presented at G Lounge Chelsea and ALOFT Hotel Harlem, showcasing a series of images exploring color and paint as dancers’ apparel. In Feb of 2018, Mondo released his first collection ONYX which was featured in a short film Directed by Angelo Soriano and Choreographer Angelica Stiskin. In April of 2018 Mondo was selected to show at Fashion Week Brooklyn and was awarded a City Citation by the Brooklyn Borough President.
When not behind his sketchpad or sewing machine, Mondo also works as a freelance Make-Up Artist for dancers, performance artists, and bridal parties. Mondo is also currently in collaboration with the legendary photographer Thomas Evans on “Femme the Man;” a photo series that challenges gender identity stereotypes.