Swinda was born in the former East Germany. From 1985-89 she served an apprenticeship for the Master of Costume - Tailoring for theatre and opera in East Berlin. Having a strong base in design and costume fabrication, she learned from the “old school.” The collapse of The Wall led her to a New World of Design and Creativity.

Her career expanded as the Lead Designer for the avant-garde fashion show Off-line Berlin ’90, featured by MTV / News Channel Tagesthemen / Magazines:Bild, Fashion, etc.

She has been a Costume Designer since 1989 for different productions, most notably The Komische Opera/Berlin (1993), The 1994 Ballet/Berlin-20 dancer, and Opera/Gasteig in Munich (1996).
In 1997, she found her way into the New German Cinema with her first feature film, Hope (Rialtofilmprod). This was followed with work in TV productions, opera, theatre, dance, fashion and art shows

In 2000, she did the costume design for the Millennium Awards Show including 50 dancers and German Chancellor G.Schroeder (Life/TV).

Her last released feature film was Detective Lovelorn at the Berlinale Film Festival (2002).

Since 2001 Swinda has been living in Los Angeles. She has worked on the features The Brothel by A. Waddell, The Gun by V. Alenikov, and a number of shorts, including the short Shui Hen, directed by Maximilian Jezo-Parovsky

Swinda also shares her knowledge of costume design as a Guest Lecturer for UCLA's “Directing Actors.”

You are welcome to check her website for more information:

310 – 392 2588



THE GUN (from 6 to 7:30 p.m.) 2003 Front Line Films