NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.
Natalie De Palo is a costume maker who works to bring costume designs to life. With a strong connection to their Nonna and Nonno, a seamstress and a tailor, Natalie’s creative passion was discovered at an early age. They would often have sleepovers with their grandparents to work on different sewing projects which led to making costumes together.
After continuing this passion throughout home and school, Natalie decided that their passion for costume was more than a hobby, leading to studying at NIDA for a BFA in Costume. In the costume world Natalie has focused on all parts of the costume making process; designing, patterning, making, and art finishing. Their creations range from period ball gowns to menswear trousers and jackets made from traditional techniques, and even stretch wear and implementing unique art finishing and prop elements into costumes.