"With the story taking place in the 1800s, the accuracy of the fashion is somewhat imperative to transport people to the time period and costume designer Clara Jean Kelly does not miss a beat. Multiple actors are frequently switching characters in the show, and the costuming makes the navigation of it quite simple."
- Review of "Miss Holmes" at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company on BroadwayWorld.com
"The creative team for Miss Holmes is a tour de force that takes audience members back to 1881 England with a simple yet expansive set design, robust lighting and sound, and thoughtfully curated costume designs. I wondered how Holmes’ costume would translate into that of a female role during a time period where it was frowned upon for women to wear pants. Designer Clara Jean Kelly’s choice of a “split skirt” was brilliant; it offered the feel of the classic masculine Sherlock Holmes look while also incorporating feminine elements."
- Review of "Miss Holmes" at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company on CityBeat.com
"Costumer Clara Jean Kelly has outdone herself with a riot of colorful costumes for this production."
- Review of "Twelfth Night" at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company by CityBeat.com
Clara Jean Kelly (she, her, hers) is an Assistant Professor of Costume, Costume Designer, and Costume Technician based in Tuscaloosa, AL. She has her MFA in Costume Design from Florida State University and does freelance costume design all over the United States. Clara Jean has previously worked as the Costume Shop Manager and as a Costume Designer at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and has performed duties as Costume Shop Manager, Adjunct Professor, and Residential Costume Designer at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomingotn, IL. Other notable positions include the Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer at Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth, ME and the Residential Costume Designer and Shop Manager at The Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville, FL.