Erin Black

Associate Arts Professor

Erin Black


BA, Theatre and Education, Marquette University
MFA, Costume Design and Technology, University of Texas at Austin

Erin Slattery Black is a costume designer, maker, stylist, and entrepreneur.  She holds an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Theatre and Education from Marquette University.

Black has costumed such celebrities as Antonio Banderas, Justin Timberlake, Kermit the Frog, and Big Bird. Her career has included costuming for theatre, television, film and opera, as well as corporate and commercial styling work. Black has worked extensively with the Jim Henson Company, where she served as costume designer for Sesame Street and the Netflix original series, Julie’s Greenroom, with Julie Andrews.  Her work can be seen in the movie Spy Kids as well as on Broadway in The Lion King and Willy Wonka.

Black lives in New York City with her husband and four children. In addition to her work as a costume designer, Black is the CEO of Lyla Tov Monsters, a plush toy company she founded with her husband and oldest daughter.

Black has been awarded three daytime Emmy Awards for her work as costume designer for Sesame Street and is the recipient of the Zelma Weisfeld Award for Costume Design. Black has served as an Assistant Arts Professor, Adjunct Instructor, Costume Director, and design mentor for the Tisch Drama Department at NYU. She has also worked with students as a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas at Austin, Marquette University, and Ithaca College as well as serving as designer in residence at Marquette University.