Julie Scharf

Costume Designer
Class of 2023


Julie Scharf is a costume designer graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts with Concentrations in Costume Design and Creative Writing.  In her time at CMU she designed the plays a day and Preludes, as well as the dance number Black/Gold. She furthered her education by studying in London at Central Saint Martins as a member of their Performance Design & Practice program.  While there, she created a video work to accompany a concert for the London Sinfonietta.  

She has been selected to exhibit as an emerging artist at the 2023 Prague Quadrennial for her project, The Slipping Nymph.  Having wanted to discover mermaids in her youth, now she creates her own, dressing friends in wearable art that evokes whimsy and wonder.

As a stylist and creative director, her work has been published in multiple independent fashion magazines including PUMP, Malvie, Selin, and Intra.  She began her film career by working as a costume shopper on the upcoming Netflix film, The Deliverance, directed by Lee Daniels.

 She finds joy in hand painting her renderings and analyzing the costumes from the best seat in all of Pittsburgh’s movie theaters.  Referring to her ever-expanding closet as a collection, she quells any suggestions that it should be downsized.  She considers being blonde essential to her character and is currently challenging herself to wear more practical shoes.