Holly Cole is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with costume design credits from Off Broadway and regional theaters across the country, including Steppenwolf Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, the Folger Theater, and Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's Clown College. She won the 1993 Denver Critics Circle Award for her costumes for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of Pericles and the 1982 Helen Hayes Award for costumes for the Folger Theater production of Merry Wives of Windsor. As a freelance crafts artisan and costumer she has worked on Broadway, in film and regionally; credits include the Muppets, the Metropolitan Opera, Arena Stage, the Juilliard School, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Her book, Costuming for Film: The Art and the Craft, came out in 2005. A long-time member of USITT she has led 3 costume symposia on New York costume resources and Broadway methodologies and 1 symposium on costume craft techniques for creating creatures.