Dunya Ramicova was born in the former Czechoslovakia in 1950. She immigrated to the United States in 1968.
She studied at The Goodman School of Drama and The Yale School of Drama She has designed costumes for more than 150 productions of theater, opera, ballet, dance, film and television in the United States and Europe.
Dunya Ramicova's work has appeared at such prestigious venues as The Metropolitan Opera (The Voyage, a world premiere of a Philip Glass opera and I Lombardi with Luciano Pavarotti), the Royal Opera House in London (Alcina and Mathis Der Mahler), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (The Magic Lute and Theodora) as well as The Salzburger Festspiele, Chicago Lyric Opera and many others.
Her most recent productions include Doctor Atomic(a world premiere of a John Adams opera) at San Francisco Opera, An American Tragedy for The Metropolitan Opera and The Flying Dutchman at Seattle Opera. She has also designed costumes for productions at the Guthrie Theater, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, Public Theater, The Mark Taper Forum, The Goodman Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater and many others.
She is the long-time collaborator of director Peter Sellars, their work together includes El Nino, an opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Adams and The Peony Pavilion, a world premiere of an opera by composer Tan Dun. Their work together also includes the world premieres of Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer also by John Adams and Saint Francois.
Dunya Ramicova has taught costume design and related subjects for the past twenty-five years at The Yale School of Drama, Harvard University and University of California in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. She has recently become the founding faculty of the new University of California campus in Merced.