16.06.18 Lace DressGrowing up, Kathleen Qiu considered becoming many things: an engineer, a lawyer, a doctor, a businessperson, a winemaker. So, she decided to keep her options open by studying both chemistry and psychology at the University of Chicago. Once in college she joined the circus and began costume designing.

Upon graduating, she had a brief stint in fashion design, working for local boutiques in Chicago before returning to the stage. She now costume designs all over the San Francisco Bay Area and attends the Academy of Art University for her MFA in costume design.

Her greatest accomplishments include successfully growing tomatoes in her patio herb garden, holding a koala in Australia, and surviving a polar plunge in Antarctica.