Claire is a costume designer, maker and historian recently graduated from NYU Tisch Drama. Originally from Shanghai, China, She is currently based in New York City.


She has designed and made costumes for both stage and film productions. Her recent credits include Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (NYU Tisch Drama Stage), Man of La Mancha (Symphony Space) and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Playwrights Downtown). With an international background, she has also joined the Asia tour of such productions as Kinky Boots and Dreamgirls.


Claire is dedicated to telling stories of marginalized groups whose voices are rarely heard. In 2021, in response to the rise of anti-Asian violence, she has participated in the creation of several short films, including Lời Ru, which celebrates the Vietnamese culture and interrogates what it means to be Vietnamese-American, and Exit Wounds, which centers around a Chinese-American pianist who has suffered a life-changing hate crime.


In recent years, Claire has developed an interest in textile history, museum conservation and historical reconstruction. With an eye for detail and craftsmanship, she enjoys restoring and reconstructing antique garments. Her recent projects include making a 1760s Robe à la Française, an 1876 ball gown and a 1910s cheongsam top, all with great attention to historical accuracy.


Outside of work, Claire will most likely be spotted cuddling with her two cats.

Contact: clairezhangsh@gmail.com

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