Creative Costuming & Designs - About Us
Creative Costuming & Designs was started in August of 1992
by Kevin and Noreen in their Huntington Beach, California
home. In the beginning, they made patterns and cut material in
the living room while sewing in the guest room. Later, they converted their garage into a production space. Many of their long-time customers still remember sitting in Kevin and Noreen’s living room, working on a design and then walking out to the garage
to select materials!
In 2002 they moved out of the house into a commercial building and hired employees which started the growth towards what we see today. In the fall of 2005, Jason Kramer was hired and quickly became a driving force of the artistic direction of the company.
His design aesthetic has lead the company to be one of the
leaders in the pageantry activity.
Creative Costuming & Designs may no longer be
operating from Kevin and Noreen’s house but the passion to
deliver the best designs and costumes to every customer remains exactly the same as it was when they began that summer in 1992.
Noreen Roberts Owner and President
Noreen started twirling a baton in
elementary school with the Paramount Twirlers
then the Yankee Doodle Dandies where at age 12
she moved to the color guard. Noreen was captain of her high
school drill team and also marched with the Diplomats Drum
and Bugle Corp where she was a flag and
color guard captain.
Noreen is passionate about the pageantry
activity and has remained administratively engaged
over the years with WGI and the WGASC. She served as
WGI president for 8 years, WGI Executive committee for 12 years and currently sits on the WGI Board of Directors as a Member
at Large. Noreen was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in 2011. She is a former President of the WGASC and is a member of the WGASC Hall of Fame and recipient of the WGASC Order of Excellence award.
Kevin RobertsOwner and Chief Financial Officer
Kevin began playing trumpet in elementary school
and performed in Band, Orchestra as well as the Diplomats
Drum & Bugle Corps. He became an instructor and designer for drum corps, marching bands and color guards throughout the Western United States. Kevin has a BA in Psychology with
a minor in Multi Media.
Kevin has been a leader in the judging community where
he started judging for WGI in 1989 and has been a Movement,
GE and EA judge as well as serving on the Task Force as caption facilitator for both the GE & EA captions. He was inducted
into the WGI Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, Kevin served
at the President of the WGASC for 4 years, and is
a member of the WGASC Hall of Fame
and recipient of the WGASC Order of Excellence award.
Jason Kramer Artistic Director and Lead Designer
Jason attended California State University
Long Beach where he studied Theatre Arts, with an
emphasis in Costume Design. After college, Jason designed costumes for local Theatre productions, where his design work earned an Inland Theatre League Awardnomination for excellence in costume design.
Before he began working at Creative Costuming
in 2005, Jason had only experienced the Pageantry activity
as a spectator. He was impressed with the athleticism and artistry
of the performances and saw the opportunity to contribute his artistic vision and fashion-forward point of view to a whole different world. Jason’s favorite thing about designing costumes is the collaborative process with his clients. There is nothing more rewarding to him than bringing a unique vision to life.
Ashley Porter Administrative Assistant
Ashley graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A in Communication. She currently works as a Color Guard Director in addition to her position here at CC&D. Her performance affiliations include: The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, Yamato Drum and Corps, and Fantasia Winterguard. Ashley is married to Anthony Porter.
Caitlin Lutke Pattern Department Manager
Caitlin graduated from California State University
Long Beach with a BA in Apparel Design and a BA Apparel Manufacturing. Caitlin was raised in tap shoes and ballet tights and has been a dancer her entire life. She has been
a member of multiple competitive dance teams
and taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop at Clovis
Dance Connection. Before joining Creative
Costuming, she designed apparel for the film and theater
industries, as well as surf and action sports industries.
Cecilia Hernandez Design Assistant
Cecilia graduated from Long Beach City College with an Associates in Science in Business Administration, and a Certificate of Foundations of Accounting. She is currently enrolled at California State University of Long Beach, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Women Studies. She is extremely proud that she has been able to graduate and further her education by transferring to a University.
Cecilia has enjoyed watching color guard performances in the past, and wished that she could one day to wear a similarly beautiful costume. (without having to dance) Working at Creative Costuming & Designs has now given her an opportunity to be around those costumes. She loves seeing how these beautiful costumes are made, from start to finish.
Cecilia likes trying new foods, and working out. She also enjoys traveling with her friends designing nails, reading, and surfing with her dad.
Chad Kohlmier Quality Control and Sewing Manager
Chad has been a performer with the Concord Blue Devils as well as a dancer and dance teacher for several companies throughout California. He has worked with several color guards in So Cal as a designer, caption head, movement expert, or choreographer. He has also judged for several marching band and winter guard circuits including SCSBOA and WGASC. He loves making dreams come true as part of the Creative Costuming & Design family.
Christine Tetzlaff Business Manager
Christine has been involved in the marching activity since the age of 7, starting in Dutch Boy Drum & Bugle Corp. She continued her marching career with Cadets at the age of 16 and aged out with the organization. She joined the teaching staff at Cadets and worked there for several years, eventually became the operations director for the Cadets and the Crossmen after she stopped teaching. Christine is married to her husband Joel and has two beautiful children Seth and Sydney.
As the Business Manager at CCD, Christine is responsible in making sure that from the moment a client places an order until the order leaves the building the process is moving along in the time that was allotted and that the client is 100% satisfied with the end product.
James Goodrich Senior Designer and Operations Analyst
James attended California State University
Long Beach where he studied Theatre Arts. James
began his involvement in the Marching band/Colorguard
world as a trombone player in his high school marching band.
His performance career included marching as a member of the Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, Axxis Winterguard, and as a dancer in shows
and parades at Disneyland.
James has worked as an instructor and designer
with several Colorguards in the Southern California area.
While no longer teaching, James stays connected to
the activity as a General Effect Judge. In 2012, James
was inducted into the Winter Guard
Association of Southern California Hall of Fame.
Jean Coulet du Gard Designer
Jean attended the University of Delaware, and
graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Art's and Science in Apparel Design in the spring of 2003. While attending school he was a member of The Black Watch Independent world guard, and in the summer, performed with both the Crossmen, and the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. After aging out, he spent his summers teaching the Phantom Regiment drum corps.
Jean has worked, and lived in the Raleigh, NC area
creating productions from show concept, costume/flag
design, and staging for over a decade. In the winter of
2013 the Atlantic Indoor Association inducted Jean into their prestigious award, "The Hall of Honor"
Jenifer GuldnerHuman Resource Administrative
Jennifer received her B.A from CSUF in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management, and is currently working on a dual M.A. at Webster University. She handles multiple items; payroll, recruiting and hiring to name a few for Creative. Jenifer has been part of the color guard activity since middle school. A few places she has performed are the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, Corona and Fantasia. She is married to her husband Tim and has a newborn baby boy Nicholas plus two dogs, Noodles and Emma.
Joey Avalos Accounting Manager
He began his journey with the company in July of 2011, and has since helped to shape various administrative leadership roles as the company has grown and developed. Having been immersed into the color guard activity in 1995, he jumped at the opportunity to work at CC&D, due to the owner’s reputation of excellence and knowledge in all aspects of the activity.
He is grateful for this opportunity to give back to the performance world that has given him so much over the past 20 years, and hopes to continue for many more
Kristina Larios Design Assistant
Kristina is currently going to college for graphic design. Being able to read/write/speak Spanish fluently is her proudest accomplishment. She really loves fashion and loves that she gets a ”backstage” view into how amazing costumes are created.
In her free time, you can find her casting spells at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, having her eyebrow game on fleek, Jedi training, Netflix binge watching and catching Pokémon.
Leslie Villa Design Assistant
Leslie Graduated from Cerritos College with a certificate to become a certified Esthetician. Since a young age, Leslie has always had an eye for design and fashion. When she was given the opportunity to work for a design company she was thrilled and decided to take that route. Leslie considers her greatest accomplishments to be able to better support herself on her own. Leslie plans on continuing her education at Cypress College to receive her degree in Sonography.
Leslie likes to venture out, travel and try new things. She also loves spending quality time with her three children, "her dogs" Dingo, Canelo, and Chovie.
Lisa Powers Inventory Control and Production Manager
Lisa grew up in Pelion, South Carolina. Several years ago she took a leap of faith and moved from the east coast to the west coast, a place completely out of her comfort zone. Lisa started work at Creative Costuming as a seasonal employee and was eventually hired on as permanent. She has learned a lot about the pageantry arts as well as more than she ever expected to about shiny, glittery and sequin fabrics.
Lisa is very proud of her two children, Neal and Kelley, who have grown into compassionate and caring adults. She is also thankful for her husband Roy. In her free time, Lisa loves to read or try out new recipes in her kitchen.
Pete Johnson Designer
Pete attended California State University Los Angeles where he studied Mathematics. He has been involved in the sport of the arts since he was in high school and has performed with many groups including The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, Corona Winterguard and Imbue Winterguard. He is still actively working as an instructor and technician with several color guards in Southern California. While he loves color guard, his other interests include playing video games and board games.
Skye Paterson Lead Design Assistant
Skye’s performance experience includes multiple medal winning color guards, in high school and out. After wearing Creative Costuming uniforms throughout her color guard career, she couldn’t be more excited to work behind the scenes among our amazingly talented staff.
Skye has been a member of the team since early 2012. She has worked in nearly every department, gaining knowledge and insight along the way. This experience has led to her current position, assisting our designers and their clients throughout the process, from first vision to final product.