Biography. 

Ashley Y. Kong is a costume and makeup designer who is currently based out of the New Jersey, New York area. 

She recently designed: Juliet and her Romeo (costumes, Shakespeare in Our Parks,South Orange); Lear (costumes, Rutgers Theater Company); The Tales of Hoffmann (makeup, Opera at Rutgers); Albert Herring (makeup, Opera at Rutgers); Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi (makeup, Opera at Rutgers); Blood Wedding (makeup, Rutgers Theater Company); Defender ØM-53 (makeup, hair, costumes; Moonlight Stories); Just Us (makeup and costumes, Montclair Student Film); Shark River (makeup and hair, RuckSack Films); Here We Are and Hello Out There (costumes, hair, makeup; Rutgers Theater Company). 

Assistant design credits include: Moi Meduse, A Movement Piece (costumes, Rutgers Theater Company).

Ashley spent time in London studying Costume Design at Shakespeare’s Globe under scenographer Michael Pavelka. She also spent that time studying under the tutelage of Jenny Tiramani at the School of Historical Dress.

She received her BFA in Costume Design from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. 

 

Her passions outside of the industry include her cosplay work, where she runs her personal brand ToxieKat LLC.

She was also one of three winners for the Costume Industry Coalition’s Design Challenge 2020, CosBond's Creator Contest 2020, AnimeNEXT’s Costume Competition Judge Choice winner in 2018, and Albolene’s Halloween Makeup Challenge winner in 2017.

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Photography credit: Matt Pilsner

Resume.

FILM 

Defender  | makeup and costume designer | ØM-53 music video | dir. Christian Kong | Moonlight Stories | 2020

Shark River | makeup designer | dir. Robert Thorp | Rucksack Films | 2018-2019

Just Us | makeup and costume designer | dir. Christian kong | Montclair Student Film | 2018

THEATER

Juliet and Her Romeo | costume designer | dir. Nathan Darrow | Shakespeare in Our Parks,South Orange | 2021

Lear | costume designer | dir. Jennifer Monaco | Rutgers Theater Company | 2021

The Tales of Hoffmann | makeup designer | dir. John Giampietro | Opera at Rutgers | 2020

Gianni Schicchi | makeup designer | dir. David Walsh | Opera at Rutgers | 2019

Il Tabarro | makeup designer | dir. David Walsh | Opera at Rutgers | 2019

Albert Herring | makeup designer | dir. David Walsh | Opera at Rutgers | 2019

Moi Meduse, A Movement Piece | assistant costume designer | cd. Elisabeth Oen | Rutgers Theater Company | 2019

Here We Are | costume designer | dir. Gabriel Vega Weissman | Rutgers Theater Company | 2018


Hello Out There | costume designer | dir. Gabriel Vega Weissman | Rutgers Theater Company | 2018

Blood Wedding | makeup designer | dir. Matt Dickson | Rutgers Theater Company | 2017