- Photographed by Jaqlin Medlock
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. Mondo’s most recent solo work, “Skinetic Moments”, was presented at G Lounge and ALOFT Hotel Harlem and showcased a series of images exploring color and paint as dancers’ apparel. In Feb of 2018, Mondo will release his first collection named ONYX. This collection is featured in a short film by Angelo Soriano and choreographer Angelica Stiskin.
When not behind his sketchpad or sewing machine, Mondo 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 breaks down society sterotypes of what makes men masculine.