With a unique talent as a visual storyteller, Nancea Ceo has become one of the most sought-after Costume Designers in film and television today. She more recently joined forces with director Michael Morris on the critically lauded To Leslie, helping elevate the film from Indie status to Oscar nominee. Inspired by true events, To Leslie tells the story of a west Texas single mother who wins the lottery and squanders it just as fast, leaving behind a world of heartbreak. The film, which ranked #1 on Netflix for several weeks, stars Andrea Riseborough, Marc Maron, Andre Royo, Owen Teague, Allison Janney and Stephen Root. The film won a number of awards on the festival circuit and at the time of its release, along with a Spirit Award nomination for Best Performance (Riseborough). Ceo was touted in a Hollywood Reporter review for her superb design work and ability to recall the grit of the 1970s era.
Ceo’s work has led to collaborations with some of the biggest names in film and television including Some Girls for Neil LaBute, the acclaimed series The Chi for Lena Waithe on Showtime, and Kingdom on NETFLIX. Other TV work includes the award-winning On My Block and Awkward for Lauren Ingrich, the latter for which she designed a capsule collection for MTV that sold alongside the show. She designed The Originals for Julie Plec on the CW Network, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, and later teamed with Plec on Roswell, New Mexico, designing the pilot and setting the tone for the award-winning series. She designed for David Katzenberg and Seth Graham-Smith for The Hard Times of RJ Berger, winner of the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Show. Ceo, Katzenberg and Graham-Smith, together, launched a fashion t-shirt line that supported the show and sold independently.
Ceo got her start in the business as Assistant Costume Designer for the Oscar-nominated Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges. Prior to that, she co-owned CEO Interntional, an activewear company in Boulder, Colorado which the Denver Post named "best forefront women’s sportswear.” The company boasts designing the first Bike Baggie with wicking chamois, and revolutionizing the sport of climbing with loose rock-climbing pants. It’s creation of the Bunki cycling line was in collaboration with Olympian cyclist, Bunki Bankaitis-Davis.
Ceo graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Apparel Design. She minored in painting and glass blowing while simultaneously attending Brown University for classes in literature. Her glass jewelry company, Ceo Apparel Art, was founded at RISD and employed numerous students. Ceo has worked with numerous photographers including Tyler Michell, Matthias Clamer, Elizabeth Caren, Art Steiber and Brian Bowen-Smith, and is a contributing writer to the CDG Magazine.