About Michele

teres_partyyo.jpg I was born in Mexico City, and raised by an amazing multicultural family in Taxco, the hometown of my grandparents. My family comes from different corners of the world, so at a very early age I was exposed to different languages, cultures, and food.

At age 12, I bought a book about costume design in a garage sale, and I fell madly in love with the costume creating process. I told my mother then that one day I would be a costume designer.

santaprisca.jpgI finished highschool at Mary Mount in Cuernavaca, Mexico and then left to Paris and Rome to study fashion design. I graduated from the Istituto Europeo de Design in Rome, Italy, with honors, and was the first in my class to start working in the fashion industry as a head designer for Regina Schrecker jeans. I worked for several years as a free lance fashion designer for several companies in Rome, and Mexico City, until one day, my dream came true.

A dear friend of mine, Mauro Borrelli, offered me a job making the costumes for his small film, "Il fanstasma nella finestra" which opened the door to this wonderful world of entertainment.

papa2.jpgIn 1990, I formally started my career in film costume design at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, under the mentorship of academy award winner costume designer Milena Canonero. My first position was wardrobe costumer on Francis Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III.

I could have not been luckier, I learned from the best of the best, and made wonderful friends in the process. In 1992 I moved to Los Angeles, and started working as a costume illustrator for many designers. I was promoted to assistant costume designer, and finally to costume designer.

My credits include: Training Day, Confidence, Street Kings, Bread and Roses, and many more.

I live in the heart of Hollywood, and I'm a member of the prestigious Costume Designers Guild , and the Motion Picture Costumers Local 705.

Besides becoming a costume designer, one of my favorite accomplishments include being the co-writer of A Second Chance, a screenplay that won the 2000 Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Prize, presented during the 2000 Cannes Film Festival by Jack Valenti, then president of the motion picture association.