"Costume designing lends to the visual dialogue from idea through character to frame."
Nancea Ceo, costume designer, has a painter's eye approach to costumes. Visualizing the writer’s words, the production designer’s sets, cinimatographer's light and eye, and the director's vision as a work of art, moving and multi-layered. From this she draws a fabric skin for each character which lives in a world of storytelling coming to screen. In fittings the character is revealed fully in relationship with the actress and actor. She always creativly tasks to tell the best visual story through character.
Nancea designed Lena Waithe's, The Chi, Namic Vision Award winner in 2019 and Peabody Award Nominated. She also created costumes for On My Block, winner of the 2018 Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Show. Nancea created costumes for The Originals, nominated for best cinematography, ASC Award, for Kurt Jones DP. In 2011, Nancea costume designed, Awkward, a winner of the 2012 People's Choice Award for Comedy TV Series and The Hard Times of RJ Berger, winner of the Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Show. She also provided assistant costume design for the 2010 CDG Award-winning Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges, also an Oscar Award-winning film.
Nancea is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art. She majored in fashion design and minored in painting and glass blowing. During her studies she owned a glass jewelry company, Apparel Art, and was assistant to the curator in the historical costume and textile division of RISD’s museum.
She co-owned a sportswear company, CEOInternational, in Boulder, Colorado, which the Denver Post named as a best forefront woman’s sportswear company in the late 80s.
Director speaking to her work; "It looks exciting, and her work is just wonderful. Such consistant images and storytelling, world making and characterization in the clothes." MM
In between TV and film projects, Nancea cultivates her interests in art, architecture, fashion, meditation, yoga, books and in international world cultures through travel, which all influence her creative work. Curious exploration through cultures, visual, music and words.
"When an ARTIST meets another ARTIST, GREAT things HAPPEN"