Kim Little and Antoinette Muto first met while
creating and building costumes for the Utah Shakespeare
Festival in the summer of 1980. They opened their first costume and
tailoring shop on July, 1982 in Beverly Hills, on Rodeo Drive between
Charleville and Wilshire, where The William-Morris Agency now
resides. While there, they built costumes for those who could use
their expert tailoring services and costuming talents.
After several rude awakenings to the auspicious nature of their new
found business, they moved their shop to Hollywood Center Studios in
the Spring of 1986. It was at Hollywood Center, that the company
really began to grow and gel. They worked on national commercials
with several prominent directors, television shows and motion pictures
features, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Babylon 5,"
"Terminator 2," "Total Recall," "The Last Samurai" and numerous shows and
parades for the Disney Theme Parks, including "Animazement," "Light
& Magic" and "The Fiftieth Anniversary Parade, and the Michael
Jackson World Tour."
With their successes stemming from the 1990s and the pressures of
working within an ever-changing studio space, Kim and Antoinette took a
risk, deciding to move out of Hollywood Center and build their own
costume shop in 2000 in Larchmont Village, southwest of Paramount
Studios. Since that time, the company has expanded and expanded,
taking their expertise not only to commercials, feature film, televsion
and theme park attractions, but many live venues as well. Over
the last year alone, they have created costumes for Jadan Smith, WIllow
Smith, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, Kelly Rowland, Rhianna and all of
the outrageous costumes of Lady Gaga during her first year on tour.
They are an IATSE Union shop.
sq. ft. Muto-Little Costume
Building in Larchmont Village
Originally from Ohio,
grew her creative roots at Carnegie-Mellon
University's College of Fine Arts, earning a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in
Drama Design. Early in her career, she created and built costumes
the Utah Shakespeare Summer Festival, worked as a member of the crafts
department at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was a member of the
millinery department at the Santa Fe Opera. After establishing
her talented career, she moved to
Los Angeles, and founded Muto-Little Costumes with Kimberly Little.
Leaving her northeast Iowa small town,
her Theatre Arts Bachelor's Degree with a
Minor from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She
graduate school at the University of Iowa, studying for her MFA in
Costume Design. Before starting Muto-Little with Antoinette Muto,
created and built costumes fror the Utah Shakespear Festival, she
worked as a costume/cutter for The Center Theater Group, and did extra
work at The Los Angeles Actors Theater, South Coast Reperatory Theater.