Claire Fleury - Costume and Fashion Designer since 2014.
After spending about twenty years directing, writing and performing for theater, mostly in Europe, Claire Fleury decided to change things up. In 2011, she moved to New York (from Amsterdam), opened an art gallery with her lover Alesia Exum (Photographer) and in 2013 first started designing costumes and fashion. After what seemed like a three year durational performance, they closed the gallery in 2014, and they could both focus on their own artistic endeavors. So here we are.
CF is perpetually looking for a perfect balance between elegance and wit, funkiness and comfortability, originality and tradition.
By using vibrant textiles and easy going but structural silhouettes she creates an array of colorful original garments that are meant to adorn and celebrate the human body in all its glory.
‘Gender is irrelevant: It’s all about pattern, cut, and catching the eye.’ (Cate McQuaid for the Boston Globe).
Claire Fleury is self taught.
She has made dance costumes for Antonio Ramos, Coco Karol, Yackez (Jon and Larissa Velez-Jackson), Tatyana Tenenbaum, Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, and custom garments for Laurie Anderson and Susanne Bartsch, among others.
Her designs have been exhibited at Gibney Dance Center (November 2017) and, in collaboration with photographer Alesia Exum, at Boston University Gallery 808 (February/March 2018).
Claire Fleury was among four costume designers honored at the Bessie awards for performance and dance 2018.
Her collection ‘XYANDZ’ was shown at The Phluid Project in NYC in January 2019.
Claire was interviewed by Ruth LaFerla for the New York Times article ‘Beyond Queer Fashion’ which was published on February 13th 2019.
Her designs appeared again in the NY Times on Sunday February 23d in an article on Susanne Bartsch.
On September 5 2019, her latest collection called HELLO I LIVE HERE was featured at the DapperQ annual queer fashion show at the Brooklyn Museum.
Sarah Shears for Daily Beast:
“Designer Claire Fleury channeled Andy Warhol and Pierre Cardin with fabulously outrageous ensembles: a spectacle of both color and reimagined silhouettes”
September 2019 NYFW. Full article
Claire Landsbaum for Vanity Fair:
”Claire Fleury showed sculptural costume fantasies in bright yellow, purple, red, and blue—a Rugrats palette with a playful Rugrats vibe. One outfit featured soft red tentacles sprouting from the model’s shoes. (On the final circuit, that model walked so hard they lost a shoe altogether, picked it up, and continued to strut.) A soft turquoise muumuu patterned with Marsha P. Johnson’s face was topped with a spiky headdress”
September 2019 NYFW. Full article
Ruth LaFerla for New York Times:
’Claire Fleury whips up her collections from limited-run fabrics and rolls of trim to produce a mash-up of sports-influenced pieces and peignoir-ish cover-ups that are revisionist interpretations of conventional femininity. Ms. Fleury, who showed a pop-up collection at Phluid Project last month, is especially partial to extravagant womanly flourishes.Her tartly sexy looks, like a varsity jacket slashed to ribbons and an airy frock with outsize holes and wafty boudoir sheers, are “just another way of being dressed and undressed at the same time,” she said.’
February 2019. Full Article
Elizabeth Zimmer for Village Voice:
‘The endlessly inventive costumes are by Claire Fleury’
(for Tatiana Tenebaum’s ‘Untitled work for voice’) 2018
‘The gloriuously talented costumer Claire Fleury provide fuchsia colored garments that cover bits of the artists bodies, but not the naughty ones’
(for Antonio Ramos’ ‘Almodovar Dystopia’) 2017
‘The sublime Claire Fleury provides costumes’
(For Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith’s ‘Basketball’- voted as Best Dance of 2017 in the NY Times)
Cate McQuaid for the Boston Globe:
"Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum base the outrageous designs in their “Future Memory” video and clothing installation on glam, punk, drag, and rock performers. Gender is irrelevant: It’s all about pattern, cut, and catching the eye. Will a day come when we all feel free to wear our insides on the outside, as Fleury and Exum’s models declaratively do? Probably not. But they break ground for the rest of us." "Future Memory" part of "Forms and Alterations" curated by Lynne Cooney at Gallery 808,
February 2018 Full Article
to James Michael Nichols for Huffinton Post: “My fashion is a kaleidoscopic mix of looking at art, at life, at fashion, at people in the streets. It feels free and exciting, a whole world full of inspiration.”
March 12, 2015 Full Article
David Noh for Gay City News:
‘She designs clothes that are joyously remindful of that fervent creative East Village period of the 1980s with their brilliant color palettes, edgy silhouettes, and effortlessly easy air of sartorial insouciance. Her creations are at once punk rock and haute elegance.’
October 16, 2014 Full Article