ZW Designs was officially established in 1983 and has assisted with Feature Films, TV, stage, DVD, and commercial projects as a tailor, developing and altering costumes/wardrobes. We also develop our own apparel lines.
Zina Arthur, the Founder of ZW Designs, is a senior Apparel Technician and Designer with over 30 years experience advising garment companies on patternmaking, design, specs, and sizing issues, garment manufacturing and technology, staff training and garment enterprise development.
She is proficient in design, project management, technical design, and pattern-making. Zina remotely advised garment firms manufacturing in Asia, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, South Africa, India, and the United States and elsewhere worldwide.
In addition, she is a former instructor of Garment Design at American College for the Applied Arts, Bauder College, and Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia.
Though making custom apparel and uniforms started in the 70′s, it wasn’t until she was enjoying working as a grader in the apparel trade after graduating with degrees in Fashion Design, Business Admin, and Merchandising from Stephens College, that she realized there were small companies out there that could use her technical assistance as well.
ZW Designs has assisted with costumes and apparel development for:
- Feature Film – Selma (Which won Image, AFI, Academy, Golden Globe Awards; nominated for CDGA and various others 2014/15)
- Stage – The Lion King
- TV – The Originals
- TV – Devious Maids
- Stage- The Rockettes – Radio City Christmas Spectacular
- Stage – So You Think You Can Dance
- Stage/DVD – Tyler Perry’s – Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned
- Stage – Diana Ross Concert
- Videos – Jaheim
- Stage – Beyonce- Carter Show World Tour
- TV – House of Curves Includes a cameo of fitting & showing final work.
- Airport Advertising Promotion, Fashion Shows- Jarbas Periera Designs
- Theater – The Wiz, Hobbit.
- TV Commercial – Sanders Claus
In the words of Zina:
I’ve had a love of this field that allows me to continue in it through all of its transitions through the years. There’s a natural proclivity to educate and guide throughout the process. I am comfortable with all sewn products thus rarely ever find myself focusing or emphasizing one over the other. However, my experience and business does tend to suit areas such as; pre-production, designing, choir robes, uniforms, custom tailoring, interiors, costumes, production, pattern software, training, or research and consulting. Bringing your dreams to reality, utilizing my and my teams’ skills, is my dream.
I have strong Christian faith and an enduring perseverance. I use this, as well as input from others; with wisdom, to empower and encourage people in all the ways I can be of help to my customers and those that cross my path.