Born in San Diego, California, Jenny Foldenauer became enthralled with the dressing of people at the age of six when she began cutting up her mother's linens and towels using rubber bands and tape to dress her thrift store barbie dolls. She began her career by pursuing a fashion degree at UC Davis. While there she also studied theatre and costume design just as an interest. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles to develop a career in fashion manufacturing. She became one of the youngest Senior Fashion Accessory designers for the brand American Accessories (accessory manufacturer to Forever 21), she later went on to become the Creative Director of the vintage fashion brand LA Vintage. She later attended the California Institute of the Arts ( CalArts) to obtain her Masters in Costume Design.
Based in Los Angeles but working as well in Colorado and New York, she now designs costumes for theatre, film, music videos, puppetry and dance. Her most notable work includes: The world premiere of the new English translated adaptation of Jean Anouilh's Antigone at A Noise Within theater directed and adapted by Robertson Dean, Sheila Callaghan's Everything You Touch, directed by Co-Artistic Director Jessica Kubzansky produced by Theatre @ Boston Court in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater,winner of 2014 LA Stage Alliance Ovation award (Best Costume Design: Intimate Theater), the LA Drama Critics Circle 2015 award, and the 1st annual Stage Raw Theater Award for best Costume Design, and the west coast Premiere of Our Class directed by Matthew McCray for the Son of Semele Ensemble, held at the Atwater Village Theatre and winner of LA Weekly's Best Production Design 2014. Other notable projects include: the music video "Breathe" by Anticon's Jel featured on spin.com, and the short film Homebody a selected short film at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and New Filmmakers New York among others.
She has assisted and Costume/Wardrobe supervised numerous LA based productions, including the Broadway show Deaf West's Spring Awakening directed by Michael Arden at the Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills, Parfumerie directed by Mark Brokaw (2014 Ovation winner for Costume Design Large Theatre) the inaugural show for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Stage Kiss directed by Bart DeLorenzo held at the Geffen Playhouse and (West Coast Premiere)Tribes directed by David Cromer held at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum.
In addition to designing for the stage she is also a member of the local 705 Motion Picture Costumers Union and works at the Union house Western Costume Company. She recently designed Bordertown Now with her long time heros and inspiration to work in Theatre, Culture Clash, at the Pasadena Playhouse, directed by another inspiration Diane Rodriguez.