Mathew Gnagy, Founder

Mathew Gnagy is a professional costumer, designer, and former teacher at Parsons University of Fashion Design in New York City. Best known for his research and skill in patterning and constructing 16th and 17th century style clothing and for his work in creating distinctive knitting patterns and modern knitted garments, his remarkable clothing is highly prized among both high fashion aficionados and historical recreation communities for its aesthetic beauty, authentic feel and famously well-cut and well-crafted execution.

Following the success of his first two books: “Knitting Off the Axis: Projects and Techniques for Sideways Knitting”, published by Interweave (November 15, 2011), and “The Modern Maker: Volume 1 – Men’s Doublets” which details the construction technique and patterning practice for these renaissance period garments, he has just released The Modern Maker Vol 2: Pattern Manual 1580-1640. He is working on season 3 of The Modern Maker Workroom, a video series currently on Patreon!

When Mathew is not teaching or traveling the country lecturing, he works as a tailor for Film, Television and Stage. He recently wrapped up his fourth season working on the hit TV show BlueBloods.

Mathew can be found on Patreon, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Knitting Off the Axis, Interweave Press, 2011

The Modern Maker Vol. 1: Men's Doublets, CreateSpace, 2014

The Modern Maker Vol 2: Pattern Manual: 1580-1640, CreateSpace Released April 2018)