Mercedes Maccarino - Senior Fashion Designer Mercedes has been a fashion and costume designer for more than twenty-five years. She began her career in New York City as a bridal designer, creating stylish custom made bridal gowns. After moving to Pennsylvania, Mercedes focused on costume design, creating Broadway quality costumes for many local theaters. Among her clients are the American Music Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, and Opera Lancaster. Now, Mercedes has refocused her creative efforts on fashion design. Some exciting events are an exclusive fashion show in trendy downtown Lancaster in the Spring of 2016 and the launching of the Merci Fashions Spring line. Additionally, Mercedes will be tutoring aspiring designers at her studio at 55 New St. in Ephrata. She will be offering classes in fashion drawing, sewing, draping, pattern-making, and portfolio preparation.