Hyun Sook Kim
Location: CPAC 241
Phone: (657) 278 - 2967
Please contact the Theatre & Dance Department Office (657-278 -3628) for current office hours
THTR 577 Graduate Costume Design Seminar
THTR 490/ 590 The Art of Draping
THTR 480 Movie Costumes & Period Styles
THTR 477 Creative Costume & Fashion Art
THTR 380/ 580 Costume Rendering
THTR 377 Costume Design
THTR 277 Intro Costume Design
Production Costume Design Mentoring
HYUN SOOK KIM (she/her/hers) is Professor of Costume Design and serves as Graduate Coordinator in the department. The full first name is ‘Hyun Sook,’ the last name is ‘Kim.’ She holds MFA terminal degree in Costume Design from U of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, MA at U of Illinois at Chicago, and BA from Korea University in Seoul. As a long-experienced educator and designer, Kim has taught at Ball State U, Korea National U of Arts, Chung-Ang U, among others. She is internationally recognized for her outstanding costume designs in NYC, London, Toronto, LA, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing and Seoul. Many of her designs have been seen in large-scale productions at prestigious international and national venues. Particularly, her design for the mega-scale musical, The Last Empress (Empress Myeongseong), has been presented at NY Lincoln Center, LA Kodak Theatre and Schubert Theatre, and Toronto Hummingbird Center, as well as in London’s West End. The musical has celebrated its 25th year’s anniversary of long-run success in 2021. Across the nation, Kim has designed for the New York State LORT Capital Repertory Theatre, The Human Race Theatre, NYC Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others. Her designs have received laudatory reviews including from The New York Times and many theatre critics. Internationally, Kim has presented her works in the prominent exhibitions such as PQ (Prague Quadrennial), WSD (World Stage Design), International Costume Association Exhibit, etc. Her costume designs have been selected in 2017 World Stage Design at Taipei, Taiwan, 2018 USA National USITT Design Expo, and 2019 USA Prague Quadrennial Exhibit. Kim has travelled to Prague Quadrennial in Summer 2019 as a part of USA national design team, with being awarded USITT International Travel Grants. Also, Kim has been presenting her creative Art-To-Wear works in various International Fashion-Art Exhibitions for a long time. Recently, Kim has won ‘Good Design Award’ for her Art-To-Wear work “Flying” by presenting the currency costume materials Thermoplastic fabric and LED lights in the costume art. In Summer 2020, Kim has designed costumes for SF Shakespeare Festival’s King Lear 2020 under the COVID-19 Pandemic situation, which has run via On-line LIVE Streaming in the social distancing condition. At CSUF, she has been awarded 2018 Faculty Recognition for Scholarly and Creative Activity. Kim is an active member of national USITT, international OISTAT, Performance Design Costume Commission, Costume Society of America, and The Korean Society of Costume.
As an art educator, Kim is always excited to see her students growing to think out-of-box and reaching out of their scope. Her ultimate purpose is to dedicate to educating young artists to make them become soulful human beings and professionals, who can eventually fulfill their life and artistry.