New York, NY
Mount Holyoke College
• Costume design for Puffy, a Refinery29 pilot about body positivity
• Costume design for "Care For You," a music video for Ohyung's Untitled (Chinese Man with Flame)
• Costume design for Psythology, an ongoing series of short films exploring the human psyche and mental health
Sueann Leung 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, ad 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 started her career as the Costume Director and Resident Costume Designer of Opera Roanoke and had her Off-Broadway debut designing Christopher Gabriel Núñez’s The Surgeon and Her Daughters at Cherry Lane Theatre. Her design credits include Opera Roanoke’s Guilio Cesare, Abduction, La Cenerentola; Luminarium Dance's Agonia, Sleeprunner; Blue Flamingo's Mother Love, The Stronger; Montclair State University’s Il Giovedì Grasso; Hewitt School’s The Imaginary Invalid, Once Upon a Mattress, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Pirates of Penzance, Peter and the Starcatcher, James and the Giant Peach. She has been featured in a number of fashion columns, most notably in The Wall Street Journal.
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, including queer people of color. In the 2018/19 season, Leung will continue costume designing for Psythology, an going series of short films exploring the human psyche and mental health, and will be developing a swimwear resort fashion line for the queer and nonbinary community.