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Laura Whitlock

  • Costume Technology
  • BA University of Northern Iowa​
  • Design - Technology
After completing her college degree in 1987, Laura began working as a costumer for regional theatres. She quickly discovered her true loves within the costume field, millinery, dyeing and costume crafts. At theatres including The Old Globe in San Diego, The La Jolla Playhouse and The Denver Center, she honed her skills in these disciplines. Laura moved to Chicago in 1990 and continues her career as a freelance milliner and costume craftsperson. She has done projects for companies including The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre and The Lyric Opera. Her work has appeared in major motion pictures including My Best Friends Wedding and A League Of Their Own. She has also completed industrial projects for clients including Quaker Oats and General Mills. Additionally, Laura has formed her own millinery company to realize her designs for non-fictional human beings, Laura Whitlock Millinery. She is a past-president and founding member of The Millinery Arts Alliance, Chicago's only organization of professional milliners. As part of the MAA, Laura received Victoria Magazine's 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year award.​​​