Claudia Brownlee

Costume Designer
Class of 2023


Claudia Brownlee is a costume designer from the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. She is excited about projects that bridge cultural gaps and is interested in finding sustainable practices for the costume industry. 

Claudia is graduating with an MFA in Costume Design. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, she earned an Associate’s degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (2014) and a Bachelor’s of Art in Theater from the University of Maryland, College Park (2017).

Beyond academia, Claudia has held several professional positions and fellowships. She has worked as a stitcher and wardrobe head with WolfTrap Opera and The Washington National Opera [Years]; and as a freelance costume designer with Anacostia Playhouse, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and Pittsburgh Public Theater [Years]. From 2018-2020, Claudia was the costume shop manager and resident costume designer at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, MO. In the Summer of 2021, Claudia was the Costume Fellow with the Television Academy Foundation.