“Swallow’s work was neat and exact and well sewn … I highly recommend her for any future endeavors that she may be seeking out. She is a remarkably creative person and able tailor.”
– Robert Perdziola, Costume and set designer for the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco and Boston Opera, and the Juilliard School of Drama ; Ass. Costume Design on Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence’’ and Neil Jordan’s “Interview With the Vampire“
As a young woman she immigrated to the United States with her husband, a doctor of English literature, where her skills and tastes developed while making garments for herself to wear daily. Swallow would later return to China for ten years, where she once served as a United States Embassy escort for journalists during President Bill Clinton’s visit in 1998.
Upon returning to the U.S., she received an opportunity to nurture and pursue her passion for design, while working as an Assistant Costume Specialist for the world renowned Jacob School of Music, Opera and Ballet Theater at Indiana University. She was exposed to all aspects of costume production, from dyeing to tailoring, and developed special skills in drafting and pattern-making using the methods of French, German, and American design – which now heavily influence her work.
She is a self-trained designer, drafter, and tailor, with a professional focus in women’s suits and casual dresses. She first wears each garment before its release – making one for her wardrobe and one for yours.
“All of my clothes have to be attractive, fashionable, and comfortable – that is my goal.”
– Swallow Leach – Designer, Swallow Couture
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