Photographer: Mengwen Cao
is a New York-based costume designer and stylist with a keen interest in using design to explore identity and expression. She has worked with Broadway designers Paul Tazewell, Ann Roth, Clint Ramos, and DeDe Ayite, fashion stylist Patti Wilson, and served on Santo Loquasto’s Tony Award-winning design team for Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!.
Leung’s recent work has included a shift to film and TV – media that is changing more quickly to tell diverse stories, including those of queer people of color. Most recently, she was the costume designer for the music video “Care for You” from Ohyung’s debut album Untitled (Chinese Man with Flame) as well as Refinery29’s pilot Puffy, which focused on a woman of color and her journey towards self love and body positivity. She costume designed BKPI (Brooklyn Private Investigators), a groundbreaking web-series with a creative team and cast of predominantly queer women of color, which premiered at LA Film Festival, Frameline, and Outfest. She has also costume designed for new media projects such as the viral short Ghost in the Shell PSA, which has garnered over one million views.
Leung earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and this background continues to inform her work using costume design as a powerful tool to humanize and respectfully represent people – particularly those from marginalized groups, especially queer people of color.
Leung is currently developing a Queer Asian American Gender Nonbinary swimwear/resort fashion line.