Iris Bainum-Houle

Iris B.

Los Angeles, CA

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Iris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
June 2008

I started sewing on my Grandmother's antique Singer when I was 13 years old. I would spend more time sewing than I would on my homework! After I graduated high school I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to study fashion design with an emphasis in costume. I've been working as a costume designer for film, commercials and theater for the past 10 years. I'm thrilled to share my knowledge with students of all levels and ages and to help them reach their goals.


Costume Designer
Jul 2004 - Present
Film, Television and New Media

Designs and constructs costumes for film, commercials, television and new media.

Wardrobe Stylist
Jun 2004 - Present
Film, Television and New Media

Styles wardrobe for film, commercials, television and new media.

Apr 2004 - Present
BaM Productions

On set alterations and tailoring for fashion photoshoots. Clients include Next, Victoria's Secret, Brooks Brothers, and Harper's Bazaar.

Studio Assistant and Seamstress
Jan 2006 - Oct 2008
Cookie Gluck Costume & Mascot Design

Worked in Cookie Gluck's studio as a studio assistant and seamstress. Created one of a kind garments and costumes for clients such as the Chicago Wolves and the Illinois Lottery.

May 2002 - Sep 2004
Elegance by Roya Bridal Boutique

Draping, pattern making, sewing and tailoring for formal wear gowns and dresses.


BFA with a Major in Fashion Design
Aug 2002 - Dec 2006
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Stanley Heller Design Award for Fashion Excellence
May 2006
NAMSB Foundation
Ungaro Scholarship
May 2005
Marshall Fields
Driehaus Award for Fashion Excellence
May 2005
Driehaus Foundation

Photos & Videos

Costume design with corsetry and millinery.

A dress I designed, constructed and embellished for the 2013 Academy Awards. I also made the bolero jacket.

This dress was designed and constructed for the 2014 Academy Awards.
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Nadia E. Jun 10, 2014
Sewing · In studio

Iris is the best instructor I could have wished for. She is so patient, friendly and makes the whole lesson fun. She seems to really have a plan of how the next couple of weeks with me will look like and seems really confident around a new student. I haven't had any sewing experience before taking lessons with her and didn't really know what to expect. But after completing my 3rd class today I am definitely going to buy more classes with her. Her studio is great and has everything you need to finish a project. I don't own a sewing machine(yet), so going to meet at her place seemed like the best option. I'm already looking forward to my next class!

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