Born and bred in Wilmington, Delaware, Matsy moved to New York City in 2010 to study Theatre Arts at Pace University. While she focused (of course) on costume design and fabrication, she additionally learned about stagecraft, makeup, scenic and prop design. She also took advantage of Pace's visual art and art history programs, to round out her education. Studying in NYC gave her the opportunity to work professionally while still in college, which provided invaluable hands-on experience. Once out of school, she utilized the wide range skills she learned in her classes, jobs and internships to continue working professionally as a costume designer, as well as a stylist for fashion shoots, commercials, and various bands in the NYC music scene. She strives to collaborate creatively in her work both onstage and in other settings.
Matsy's love of fashion, sewing, and crafting led her to spend a year as the content intern for DIY lifestyle blog P.S. I Made This. After that came to an end, she worked as the fashion editor for the online magazine Muse Print for the entirety of its short-lived publication. She is the co-owner of @MatsyRad, an instagram storefront with partner Rad Pereira. The shop not only operates online, but offers personal shopping services and hosts live bazaars.
In 2016, she costume designed a feature length horror film with James Franco and Rabbit Bandini as executive producers. Her costume and scenic designs were seen in September of 2017 in the immersive play, A Ribbon About A Bomb on Governors Island. For this show, she collaborated with fashion brand Nineteenth Amendment to select designer garments to be featured on various actors as part of an exclusive partnership in association with New York Fashion Week.
From 2017-2018, she created digital content for Seventeen Magazine's video series Fashion to DIY For. Most popularly, she shared easy, no-sewing required Halloween costume ideas for the 10-18 age demographic. (Check out a video here!) . In the following months they released many more DIY videos, including a season sponsored by Converse Sneakers.
Recently, she styled a music video for the jazz/funk outfit Too Many Zooz (view it here!) and created original costumes for Chrysalis, an immersive dance piece featuring company members from the New York City Ballet. She designed the musical SUDS - an interactive, multi-sensory performance for differently-abled children, at A.R.T. in Cambridge, Mass.
Currently she is designing the costumes for a play, and mentoring students interested in design with Yale University’s Dramatic Association. Up next she will be working with EPIC Theatre in NYC to design costumes for their “remix” adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Cesar. She is also doing a soft-launch of her passion project, Personal (Thrift) Shopper, where she takes clients thrift shopping and helps promote slow, sustainable fashion.
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