Photographer: Mengwen Cao
is a New York-based costume designer and stylist with a keen interest in using design to explore identity and expression. They have 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, they were the costume and wig designer for HBO APA Visionaries 2021 Finalist “Little Sky”, a queer Asian American coming of age drama about the power of chosen family, as well as “Butterfly Lovers 永久徘徊”, a live performance piece centering queer Asian diasporic love for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The W.O.W Project.
Their work also includes having costume designed the music video “Care for You” from Ohyung’s debut album Untitled (Chinese Man with Flame), Refinery29’s pilot Puffy, which focused on a woman of color and her journey towards self love and body positivity, and 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.
Leung earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and this background continues to inform their 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.