"Sylvia's smart costumes continue the fun"
-Nancy Churin, Dallas Morning News
(For One Man Two Guvnors)
"Sylvia Fuhrken’s costumes are gorgeous and show the contrast of East versus West effectively. Fuhrken’s costumes are especially effective in “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” ballet sequence and in “Shall We Dance?”."
- DC Metro Theatre Arts
(For The King and I)
Creativity takes courage - Henri Matisse
Sylvia Fuhrken is a freelance Costume Designer and a costume technician. She is a member of the IATSE Local 705 Union for Motion Picture Costumers. She currently serves as a stitcher for Muto-Little Costume Shop in Los Angeles, CA. She builds costumes for Film, TV and Entertainment. She has built costumes for FX's Legion, Marvel's Runaways, Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name, HBO's Watchmen, American Horror Story, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, John Legend, to name a few. Before Muto- Little, Sylvia served as costume shop manager for Baylor University Department of Theatre Arts', where she also was part-time lecturer and designer.
Sylvia calls Dallas, TX her theatre home. Her recent Dallas credits include: The Last Five Years, Pride and Prejudice, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy: Discord, Silent Sky, One Man Two Guvnors, The Big Meal and Lord of the Flies for Water Tower Theatre. She has also designed for Stage West and Circle Theatre in Fort Worth.
Before relocating to Texas in 2014, Sylvia lived and worked in Washington D.C., where she served as Wig Stylist for Tony Award-Winning Signature Theatre and for The Folger Theatre. She was also a stitcher for the Marilyn Johnson Sewing and Design Studio where she worked on projects for Sight and Sound Theatre and Universal Studios, Florida.
For Sylvia, design is an expression of oneself. As a designer, she looks to several sources of influence, such as, fashion designers both past and present. Artists like Zac Posen, Ulyana Sergeenko, John Galliano, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Elie Saab, and Alexander McQueen have all had an effect on her personal taste and style. She also looks to fine artists for inspiration. Some favorites are: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Henri Matisse, Picasso, Manet, and Rauschenberg.
Sylvia currently resides in Los Angeles, CA