Stephanie Estrada

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Skilled, talented & hard working professional fashion designer with experience in the contemporary womenswear market and costume design. Visit & to see more : )
  • Region:
  • Southern CA



  • Category

  • Market Segments

    Fashion Illustration
  • Specialties

    Technical Design
    Costume Design
    Accessory Design
  • Years of Experience

  • Availability

  • Hourly Rate

  • Relocation

  • Technologies

    CAD Adobe Illustrator
    CAD Adobe Photoshop
    Gerber Program
    Microsoft Office
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Bridge
    Social Media Marketing
  • Schools/Training

    FIDM/Fashion Design
    Silk Screen Printing
  • Social

More Information


Founder/Co-Owner/ Head Designer,
Stephanie Estrada Collection - San Diego, CA January 2015-Present
• -Manage and maintain all aspects of the business
• -Research & analyze fashion, color, fabrications & market trends
• -Source fabric & trims
• -Create mood boards
• -Conceptualize, design and illustrate 7 piece contemporary womenswear collection
•-Develop tech packs & samples
• - Communicate with vendors & manufacturers on a daily basis
- Develop marketing strategies
-Organize model castings
-Coordinate photo shoots
-Photo editing photoshoot images
-Organizing all aspects of social media & e-mail marketing

Self-Employed/ Freelance Designer,
Stephanie Estrada Design - San Diego, CA June 2011-Present
• -Illustrating designs for custom apparel utilizing hand sketching & Adobe Illustrator.
• -Creating custom made, special occasion apparel for private clients.
• -Developing flats & line sheets; sourcing fabrics & trims.
• -Designed & produced avant-gard pieces for a local charity fashion show.

Freelance Costume Designer
Disguise Inc. Poway, CA Sept 2014-Nov 2014
• -Creating tech packs, flats & technical specs for a variety of styles
• -Creating styles in line with proprietary & licensed style guidelines
• -Working closely with samples department, pre-production, and graphic design department to ensure a high quality product
• -Communicating with venders & factories on pre-production & production samples
• -Sourcing fabrics & trims for various styles
• -Presenting various concepts & prototypes for upper management approval

Costume Designer,
Disguise Inc. Aug 2010 to May 2011
• -Lead designer on proprietary adult costume line. Utilized trend forecast & analyzed trends to translate contemporary design trends into innovative costumes.
• -Created mood boards, sketches and product prototypes throughout the conceptual design process.
• -Partnered with senior management to refine concepts, materials, graphics, & color palette for several costume lines.
• -Responsible for timeline adherence; ensuring that all elements of the prototype samples were ready for pre-production, product presentation & finalization. Ensuring staff completes projects on timeline.
• -Partner cross-functionally with Merchandising, Costing, Sourcing, & Product Development on a regular basis. Participate in meetings with cross-functional category partners.
• -Created technical packs for Samples and attended daily fittings to ensure quality in fit and to 9505/Safety compliancy.

Freelance Designer,
Kai Yee Halloween Costume Manufacturer Oct 2009 to March 2010
• -Designed Halloween Costumes for Men, Women & Children for the 2011 Halloween season.
• -Created technical packs for costume production.
• -Corresponded with sample makers to create first samples through final samples.
• -Sourced fabrics and trims.
• -Researched costume inspiration from many cultures, historical to current.

Freelance Designer,
Escante Oct 2008 to Feb 2010
• -Designed contemporary Halloween costumes for women, for the 2010 Halloween season.
• -Researched many themes such as historical costume, high fashion as well as all aspects of pop culture for costume inspiration.
• -Illustrated technical flats for each costume utilizing Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.
• -Assisted in final costume fittings.
• -Corresponded with sample makers/production companies in China & Taiwan.
• -Sourced fabrics and trims.
• -Attended monthly production & sales meetings in San Antonio to finalize lingerie & costume collections.


Associate of the Arts, Fashion Design 2005-2007
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA

Skills & Abilities

Creative Design
-Created multiple collections for different markets, utilizing creative design.
•-Illustrated fashion figures in full color with markers as well as with Adobe Photoshop, to interpret concepts into actual garments
•-Developed theme pages and merchandise pages
•-Utilized color and texture, consulted trend forecasting resources for inspiration, and forecasted trends for future seasons

Technical Design
-Prepared and organized technical packs with flat drawings produced through Adobe Illustrator
•-Created and graded patterns by hand and with the Gerber program
•-Utilized costing and specification sheets for finalized patterns

Collection Development
-Utilized draping and pattern drafting skills to design and produce a cohesive collection
•-Developed samples and solved fitting problems
•-Intermediate fabric knowledge; sourced fabric and trims

Trend Research & Analysis
-Researched many themes such as historical costume, high fashion as well as all aspects of pop culture for costume inspiration
•-Completed field research at social events for fashion inspiration and to analyze needs of perspective clients

Additional Abilities
Proficient in Microsoft Office.
•Fluent in English and Spanish.
•Web PDM.

Collection Development, Creative Design Analysis & Development, Creative Design Analysis, Intermediate Patternmaking, CAD I (Adobe Illustrator), CAD II (Adobe Photoshop)

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