Jennifer Oberg has worked in costume shops and as a designer/dressmaker for 30+ years. She started in theater, at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger in Washington D.C., the Washington Opera in Washington D.C., and the Old Globe in San Diego, apprenticing in the costume shops. She moved to Hollywood to create costumes for film, television and private clients.
She advanced from stitcher to first hand to draper/cutter to master dressmaker to head of workroom. Jennifer became the youngest Costume Workroom Supervisor in her union, the Motion Picture Costumers, Local 705. She supervised a workroom staff of up to 25 people at a time on multiple productions at once. Shows she worked on include Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Inventing the Abbotts, Star Trek Generations, Babylon 5, Lois and Clark, and Tank Girl. She worked with Liv Tyler, Wynonna, Ashley and Naomi Judd, Darryl Hannah, Kevin Costner, Melissa Gilbert, Jane Seymour, Angie Dickinson and others.
Jennifer studied Apparel Manufacturing Management at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, and Professional Patternmaking at the London College of Fashion in the UK. In 2001, Jennifer and her family relocated to Maui.
She opened an atelier in Makawao, working with clients on sewing and design projects, including custom wedding gown design. She made costumes for White Hawaiian with Eric Gilliom, and was Costume Director for The Nutcracker at Alexander Academy. In 2020, Jennifer founded The Sewing Hui, a group of volunteers that sew together for the Maui community. She is a lifelong learner in all things relating to fashion, costume design, theater and dance. She is thrilled to be collaborating with AAPA on costumes for their productions.