MFA – Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University
BS – State University of New York-Oneonta
Prof. Milian’s area of research is costume history and historic pattern techniques using both flat pattern and draping skills and tailoring for period garment construction. As Costumer for the Division of Theatre and Dance (1985- 2005) Milian has supervised the costume shop facilities and student designers and technicians for more than 150 productions. Other research and creative activity has included serving as curator for exhibits titled Current Reflections that has featured designs based on historic garment research as well as contemporary fashion apparel.
Exhibit venues include the Cultural Center in Charleston West Virginia, the Victorian Homes Tour in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia and the Zanesville Arts Center in Zanesville, Ohio. Commercially, Milian has worked as a cutter/draper for numerous theatre, television, and film productions at the regional and national levels. Regional theatre work includes Williamstown Theatre Festival, Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, and The American Place Theater in New York City and the Philadelphia Festival of New Plays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Television and film credits include Babylon 5, Hart to Hart, The Crossing Guard, Amelia Earhart and White Mile. Most recently Milian has renewed her interest in photography and has been documenting the behind- the-scenes production process for the Division’s main stage season that includes The Grapes of Wrath and Hamlet.