Biography

Photo by: Jonas Sergio

Croatian artist Neven Mihic was born in Osijek on January 22, 1988, Croatia. Since September
2016, Neven Mihic has been an Instructor, and Assistant Professor in the College of Design at the
American University in the Emirates, Dubai. He began his career as a ballet dancer in the Croatian
National Theatre in Osijek, dancing for four years in many famous operas, musicals and dramas.
After graduating from the School of Textiles, Design and Applied Arts, in Osijek, he went to
Zagreb, where he graduated with an in MA Costume design at the Faculty of Textile Technology.
After graduation, he presented five important individual exhibitions of Costume and Set design.
For the next seven years, Neven designed costumes for over thirty theatre performances, and
cooperated with theatres of different repertory policies and formats, from large national theatre
houses to informal companies. The performances comprised the following genres: opera,
operetta, ballet and drama, covering the historical periods from Ancient Egypt to modern times.
In 2014 he designed classical costumes for the opera La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini staged at
the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek. The following year, he cooperated with the same theatre
again for the opera Don Giovanni by W.A.Mozart. In addition, he designed both costumes and
set for the classical ballet La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter). Neven designed dresses
for the Chevrolet Motor Show in Geneva (Switzerland) and Frankfurt (Germany). He is also author
of several individual fashion shows. In the UAE, he created hats and fascinators for Dubai World
Cup 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is a member of the Croatian Association of Dramatic Artists, and
his most recent project was Bizet’s opera Carmen directed by Kobie van Rensburg in Croatian
National Theatre in Osijek. His work is concentrated mostly for complex opera and ballet
costumes, technical skills of drafting, cutting, different construction skills in specific relation to
historical and contemporary costumes, detailing of costumes, finishing, experience in making of
tiaras, hats and jewelry. In November 2021, he will present set and costume design for the new
production of classical ballet The Nutcracker.

EDUCATION
2010 – 2012 MA Costume design – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Zagreb, Croatia
2006 – 2009 BA Fashion design – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Zagreb, Croatia
2002 – 2006 High school diploma Fashion design – School of Textiles, Design and Applied Arts, Osijek, Croatia

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES – THEATRE
OPERA / OPERETTA

2018 Croatian National Theatre, OsijekGeorges Bizet CARMEN Opera Director: Kobie van Rensburg2015 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
W.A.Mozart DON GIOVANNI
 Opera Director: Robert Bošković
2014 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
Giacomo Puccini LA BOHEME
 Opera Director: Petar Vujačić
2014 Komedija Municipal Theatre, Zagreb
Ivo Tijardović 
THE SPLIT AQUARELLE Operetta Director: Richard Simonelli

BALLET / DANCE
2021 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
P.I.Tchaikovsky THE NUTCRACKER Ballet, Chor: Dinko Bogdanić – Set and Costume Design (in progress)* 2020 American University in the Emirates, Dubai
P.I.Tchaikovsky THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Ballet, Selected ballet costumes – experimental creative
work
Adolphe Adam LE CORSAIRE Ballet, Selected ballet costumes – experimental creative work
2015 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
Ferdinand Herold – Ludwig Hertel LA FILLE MAL GARDEE
 Ballet Choreographer: Svebor Sečak
2013 Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb
KOREOLABOS – HOMO FABER
 Ballet Choreographer: Sven Copony
2011 Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb P.I.Tchaikovsky
THE NUTRACKER Ballet, Chor. Derek Deane Tiaras – Jewellery design for complete ballet
2013-2016
ART DANCE STUDIO – Collaboration Pula, Istra Theme: Casino 2013 (over 15 costumes)Theme: Stewdresses 2014 (over 15 costumes)Theme: Grease – musical 2014 (over 15 costumes)Theme: A solo dance 2014 (Black white costume)Theme: Cowboy girls 2015 (over 14 costumes)Theme: Gladiators 2016 (over 14 costumes)Theme: The little mermaid 2016 (over 14 costumes)Theme: A solo dance 2016 (Carmen costume) 2005 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
Antun Marinić LET’S DANCE THROUGH THE HISTORY Ballet

DRAMA

2013 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek Mira Perić Kraljik
HANA & HANA
 Drama Director: Mira Perić Kraljik Set & Costume Designer
2012 Castle/Kaštel Morosini Grimani,Svetvinčenat/Istra Petra B. Blašković
WITCH MARE Drama, Director: Petra B. Blašković
2012 Satirical Theatre Kerempuh, Zagreb Jean Poiret
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES/THE BIRDCAGE Comedy, Director: Krešimir Dolenčić
2012 Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb
CROATIAN THEATRE AWARDS
 Director: Mario Kovač Selection of costumes and styling
2011 The Dubrava Children’s Theatre Tomislav Zajec
PIGS
 Drama Director: Helena Petković

CHILDREN THEATRE

2015 Children Theatre „Žar Ptica“, Zagreb
Carlo Collodi PINOCCHIO Children’s performance
Director: Želimir Mesarić (NAJ, NAJ, NAJ FESTIVAL, 1st Prize for Costume Design „Pinocchio“)
2015 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Lewis Caroll ALICE IN WONDERLAND Children’s Musical Director: Marijana Matoković
2014 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Alexandre Dumas – Boris Senker THREE MUSKETEERS Drama Director: Majkl Mikolić
2015 Teatar Orange Pula Istra
Franjo Tončinić CLEOPATRA Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić, Franjo Tončinić
2014 Teatar Orange Pula Istra
Franjo Tončinić SANTA FROST Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić, Franjo Tončinić
2014 Teatar Orange Pula Istra
Franjo Tončinić HERKUL Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić, Franjo Tončinić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
H.C.Andersen / Majkl Mikolić THE LITTLE MERMAID Children’s Musical Director: Majkl Mikolić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Brothers Grimm HANSEL E GRETEL Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Charles Perrault – Majkl Mikolić CINDERELLA Children’s Musical Director: Majkl Mikolić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Franjo Tončinić ENCHANTED EASTER, Children’s performance Director: Franjo Tončinić
2013 Children Theatre „Žar Ptica“, Zagreb
Johana Spyri HEIDI Children’s performance Director: Želimir Mesarić
2012 Teatar Naranča Pula/ Istra
Majkl Mikolić ALADDIN Children’s Musical Director: Majkl Mikolić

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES – FASHION

2019 DUBAI – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai World Cup 2019, Millinery Design – Fascinators
and Hats, Competition for the best dressed man – Topic – Purple suit – Finalist 2018 DUBAI – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai World Cup 2018, Millinery Design – Fascinators
and Hats, Competition for the best dressed man – Topic – World Map – Finalist 2017 DUBAI – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES International Fashion Week, Workshop Millinery Design 2017 DUBAI – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai World Cup 2017, Millinery Design – Fascinators
and Hats
2016 OSIJEK – FASHION SHOW (White collection) School of Applied Arts and Design Osijek, Croatia
2014 OSIJEK – FASHION SHOW (Black collection), Croatia
2013 MARIBOR – FASHION SHOW (Black collection), Slovenia
2012 ZAGREB MOVIE FESTIVAL Hostess Dress Zagreb, Croatia
2011 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW Dresses for Chevrolet Frankfurt, Germany
2011 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW Dresses for Chevrolet Geneva, Switzerland
2009 JOY AND GALA STYLE Fashion, female magazine Fashion stylist (Over one year)
2008 FASHION WARDROBE, Zagreb/Croatia Competition – Fashion design Participant
2007 FASHION INCUBATOR, Osijek/Croatia FASHION SWEETNESS Competition – Fashion design Patricipant2006 FASHION INCUBATOR, Osijek/Croatia FASHION MANOR Competition – Fashion design Patricipant

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2021 “EXHIBITION OF CLASSICAL BALLET COSTUMES” Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai – Individual Exhibition 2017 “EXHIBITION OF THEATRICAL SKETCHES – Exhibition of fashion and theatre drawings” American University in the Emirates Dubai – Individual Exhibition
2014 “LE CONVENIENZE ED INCONVENIENZE TEATRALI – Exhibition of theatre costumes and sketches” Museum of Slavonia Osijek – Individual exhibition
2010 „BEFORE THE PREMIERE – Exhibition of theatre costume sketches“ Zagreb, Croatia Ministry of Beauty and Photo Gallery – Individual exhibition
2009 „COSTUME & STAGE – one author“ Costume and set design for opera and ballet Institut Francais de Zagreb – Individual exhibition2012 “50 years MARILYN MONROE – Miniature dresses from paper” Zagreb, Komedija Municipal Theatre

SET DESIGN

2009 Humanitarian concert ANA RUKAVINA “I want life”, Zagreb/Croatia2009 Children’s Festival, Avenue Mall – shopping centre (cinema), Zagreb/Croatia
2009 Children’s Festival Children’s theatre Branko Mihaljevic, Osijek/Croatia

AWARDS

2016 NAJ, NAJ, NAJ FESTIVAL, 1st Prize for Costume Design „Pinocchio“
2013 BUDI.IN, 1st Prize Award for Fashion Illustration Kaptol center, Zagreb
2010. Zagreb CROATIAN TOP STUDENT 2010.
2008 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology DEAN’S AWARD for Excellence in Innovation, Second Year of Study.
2008 Chevrolet, Turin/Italy Type of business or sector: Pan-European Competition „Young? Creative? Chevrolet!“ Occupation/position/award: 3rd Prize Award, Discipline – Fashion
2008 Chevrolet, Zagreb/Croatia Type of business or sector: National Competition „Young? Creative? Chevrolet!“ Occupation/position/award: 1st Prize Award, Discipline – Fashion