About amanda

Amanda Mujica has been stitching since she was a child. She has completed coursework in garment construction, pattern-making, costume design, and textile printing and design at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and the School of Fashion Design.
12 Jul

New Studio West of Boston

2019-07-12T17:12:26+00:00By |

Amanda Mujica Design has new studio space west of Boston. Here are some BEFORE and AFTER shots! I employ local, female seamstresses to create custom costumes and clothing as well provide alterations for all types of garments!


I love this custom made doggie bed that I found on Etsy! Made by Resist Fashion, it’s so cute and washable too! My little dog Tully loves it.

5 Sep

New News

2019-06-26T07:42:10+00:00By |

So I was joking with a costumer friend the other day that she hadn’t updated her website and then I was like, well, actually I shouldn’t be busting on anybody but myself…
And it’s not like I haven’t had news.
My big news is that I moved and I am renovating a new studio for myself. I am so excited to have more space for me and my clients. Moving is exciting and stressful and exhausting and stimulating and well, you get the picture. Speaking of pictures, I’m going to post some before and afters of my new workspace, stay tuned.
My season ahead is mixed… I am designing some shows, working wardrobe on a few shows and hopefully costume shop managing a show. In between, I am doing a variety of client alterations and custom garments. (I also have been really inspired by the natural space of my new place and want to make time to play around with natural dyes and fibers and am dreaming up some new textiles.)
When designing, it’s fun to work with the same team on more than one project. There’s a familiarity with each other and our work and that’s the case with The Wolves at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. A. Nora Long is directing, Shelley Barrish is designing the sets and Elizabeth Cahill is designing the sound. We’ve all worked together before and we’re joined by Karen Perlow rounding out the design team on lights. It’s written by Sarah DeLappe and it is funny and poignant and as the mother of a teen, so right on.

Next year, A Nora, Shelley and I are also heading north to Kittery and working together on The Roomate at Threshold Theater. Again, new play, well-written, funny, but not at all fluff. Full of so much to think about. Plus Kittery is cool, an hour from Boston, with some yummy restaurants! (I’m just sayin’)
My final news is that I am going to better about news…so stay tuned… more news to come ;)

10 Nov

Oceans Apart

2019-06-26T07:42:10+00:00By |

Nearly two years ago now, I saw an image of Alan Kurdi in his little red tee-shirt and his blue shorts lying face down on a beach. The image of that Syrian child made me weep. Somehow all the statistics and news reports of millions and millions of refugees had an image and it was brutal. But I could not look away and instead it propelled me toward the volunteer work I do today with numerous recently resettled refugees in Greater Boston and Lowell.

They have come so far and braved so much. They are fearless and funny and now many I call, friends. But my work with refugees has always been separate from my work as a costume designer. While we’ve shared meals and laughs and afternoons, the worlds of my work–both paid and unpaid–had remained apart until recently.

Last month I received a request to create a costume for a wearable arts show in Gloucester, MA. The request came from Jewelry Designer Sonja Gronstad whose work is inspired by the sea… by objects found along the shore in particular. The more we talked and the more she showed me seaweed that she was casting silver, the more a creation made of seaweed came in to view. But the garment also had to showcase and not overpower her delicate jewelry. So I envisioned and created a bustle made of three types of seaweed. (Sonja was the master-mind behind dipping it in rubber and spraying it with silver!)

But who to wear it? The answer to me was so obvious, someone who had braved oceans to be in America. Someone beautiful and strong, but maybe a little vulnerable too. Someone like my friend Sandra Kalambayi. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she and her family had fled her native country after her father was killed. They ended up in Uganda and in 2016 were relocated to Lowell, MA. She was the perfect choice for this unique piece of wearable art.

I remember when I first decided to volunteer with refugees, filling out the volunteer application… Do I fluently speak another language? No. Have I worked with refugees before? No. Have I worked in a third world country? No. What I didn’t know then is that those questions didn’t really matter. What mattered was, Can you be open minded? Can you listen and help? And I guess, can you sew with seaweed and guide a nervous model? On that day, how could I ever have imagined how my worlds would collide? And on a beach no less. The same place that compelled me to volunteer in the first place.

24 Mar

The Crazy Intersections of Art

2019-06-26T07:42:10+00:00By |

There’s a line in the play Really by Jackie Sibblies Drury when Girlfriend says, “I think art is important. Like really, I do. But maybe I only think it’s important because it’s the thing that I come closest to knowing how to do.” Each time I hear that line it resonates with me. Most of my days, I’m sewing or cutting or making something; I’m fitting someone or in the theater talking about a character or a play. I can escape to these places, I can be very, very busy in these places… I know what I’m doing.

But then when I stop, there’s the world swirling around me. And sometimes I don’t know what to do! Or how to do it?

While working on the costumes for the CompanyOne production of Really in Boston, I took a day off to attend the Women’s Rally with my 14-year old daughter. She in her Ruth Bader Ginsburg t-shirt and both of us in our pink pussy hats took to the streets of Boston. How do you explain to your child that the bully who had said some terrible things about Mexicans, Muslims, the handicapped, women, even the cast of Hamilton (godammit!) was our new President?! My only answer was to do something… on that day, march. Last month while I was at the Lyric Stage putting the final touches on the costumes for Stage Kiss, she marched again, this time at the Science Rally with her dad.

But I still keep asking what more can we do? What should we be doing? And I keep returning to the quiet of my sewing room where I sit now. And I really hope maybe as a country we’ll find a way through the swirling political rift that engulfs us much like theater artists find their way– by listening and creating and making and sharing and collaborating. But maybe I only think this because it’s the only thing I can think to do right now.

26 Dec


2016-12-26T16:20:17+00:00By |

I am excited about 2017! First off, I am returning to CompanyOne–last year I designed the costumes for their production of “An Octoroon.” This year it’s “Really” a new play by Jackie Sibblies Drury. It opens January 25. Come and check it out. Double celebrating in store post-show–opening night AND my birthday!

In February I’m designing “Stage Kiss” at the Lyric Stage of Boston. It’s a fun and funny play-within-a-play written by Sarah Ruhl. It’s a great design team. I think it’s going to be a great play to warm up a cold winter night!

Then in the spring, I’m back to designing for the opera and joining my friends at Odyssey Opera for “Patience.” It’s the final show in their “Wilde Opera Night” Series. Written by Gilbert and Sullivan and on the Huntington Stage, it should be fun!




4 Jan

Pictures Will Be Back Soon

2019-06-26T07:42:10+00:00By |

Just a quick note to let you know that the images from my recent work are not loading on my website. I am working on the problem and in the meantime if you would like to see images from a specific show I’ve designed or custom costume I’ve created please just email me. Sorry about this… the software/website that ran my photo gallery, went out of business. In fact, the entire website will get a mini redesign in 2016. Happy new year to all!

9 Sep

MY Season.

2019-06-26T07:42:10+00:00By |

I always like it in the spring when the local theaters announce the shows they’re doing for their upcoming seasons. I like reading about new shows I’ve never heard of or old shows that I love to see again. There’s this “theater flurry” and then Summer. And it seems like everyone retreats to the Berkshires or the Cape and the local theater scene gets very quiet. I like that transition.

But as I’ve written before, I love the transition to Fall. And that’s where I find myself this morning… thinking ahead, reading scripts, doodling notes, organizing binders. Getting ready for MY season. And I hope you’ll check out these all-new-to-Boston productions.
First off I’m designing the costumes for ArtsEmerson/Company One’s Production of “An Octoroon.”

Working with the same director as “An Octoroon” Summer Williams, I’m then designing the hilarious and disturbing and creative and-way-too-many-adjectives-just-see-it “Booty Candy” at Speakeasy Stage.

Then I am returning to Lyric Stage where I designed “Intimate Apparel” last season to design, “Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play”. Yup, it features the Simpsons in all their animated style! Should be a crazy one to create!

I hope along the way to add a few more productions and if so, I’ll update you here. Maybe you’re like me and you too like to plan for a season-full of great local theater.



19 Jun

Quickly Changing To “Powder Her Face”

2019-06-26T07:42:10+00:00By |

I have had a busy spring designing costumes for Odyssey Opera’s British Invasion Festival. The latest one is “Powder Her Face” which I have lovingly renamed the “Quick Change Opera.” While the opera can be designed in numerous ways, Director Nic Muni and I decided to fully change all the characters except for the lead. What that meant was that three, super-talented singers–Daniel Norman, Ben Wager and Amanda Hall– would be playing 15 costumed characters in the span of roughly 2 hours. What this meant for the costume, wardrobe and wig crew was that every decision–needed to be made wisely and quickly!
Backstage all these changes are like a choreographed dance between performers, two dressers and our wig designer.
I thought it might be fun to fill you in on just a few of the tricks we employed for making quick changes…
Let’s start at the top, an old trick… find a fabulous hat, add a veil, add a turban wrap, add some feathers and trim… voila new look.

Moving down from there, let’s stop at the Duchess’ jewelry. In this production there’s some parodying of the Duchess… three sets of pearl earrings and triple strand pearls. How to get them off and on quickly? For the earrings, clip ons, of course. For the necklaces, we replaced the nudgey metal clasps with magnet clasps allowing both actors and the wardrobe crew a quick way to literally pull them off.

On stage, the Mistress’ dress comes off violently. Fabulous draper Ashley Collett made it with a back velcro “zipper”. When the Duke pulls it off that ripping sound is some colored velcro stitched along the zipper line.

Finally, the “Tried and True Underdressing” was employed. There are full costume changes “hidden” under this elderly English couple! With some careful planning I was able to design a whole other look that is later revealed. This was a fun one to design!

In a world of change and in a production filled with change, it is always great to reflect on constants. In this production it was our gorgeous Duchess played by Pat Schuman. Whew, she didn’t change at all!