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Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
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  • 1. Top 10 A/PIA Fashion Designers
    Ashley Mo
    AMCULT 214
    Prof. Amy Stillman
  • 2. Project Inspiration/Rationale
    Fashion, the popular style of a given period is influenced by factors that are political, historical, geographical, etc.
    Being a designer is all about having your (perhaps, Asian) name out there. Your clothes are what make you unique: they represent your identity
    Not a lot of well-known A/PIA out of there, but in the last five years, four out of five of the Emerging Talent Awards for Ready-to-Wear handed out by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) were A/PIA.
    With the exception of Kimora Lee Simmons, Top 10 candidates were limited to the thirtysome A/PIA members of the CFDA (excluding smaller designers like Project Runway’s Chloe Dao)
  • 3. Selection Process
    Pool of about 30 A/PIA in Council of Fashion Designers of America
    Cross-listed with InStyle’s Designer Watch (looks for “who wears them”/public presence)correlation of nine designers
    Separated into tiers: relatively new, established (who’s wearing ___), well-known
    Addition of (wild card) Kimora Lee Simmons
    Evaluated based on media (runway photos, collection popularity, # of awards received)
  • 4. #10: Kimora Lee Simmons
    Ethnicity: part Korean and Japanese
    Once a model, she later became CEO of Phat Fashions LLC. She is currently in charge of Baby Phat, which she hopes to make an "aspirational lifestyle brand." This is addition to her couture line, KLS.
    Though not technically a designer, Simmons’ role as Creative Director of Phat Fashions has propelled her to a recognizable role in the fashion industry
  • 5. #9: Jason Wu
    Ethnicity: Taiwanese
    Used to design dolls, later enrolled at Parsons, decided to become a fashion designer while in Paris his senior year of high school
    A year ago he was a relative unknown; that is, until his high-profile introduction to Michelle Obama, who is considered his “career launcher.”
  • 6. #8: Alexander Wang
    Ethnicity: Chinese
    at 18, moved to NYC and attended Parsons
    Launched his first collection of women's wear in 2007
    His fashion shows are considered a highlight of New York Fashion Week
    Winner of 2009 CFDA Swarovski Women’s Wear Designer of the Year
  • 7. #7: Phillip Lim
    Ethnicity: Chinese
    in fall of 2005, debuted his eponymous collection, 3.1 phillip lim (available in 45 countries and almost 400 stores worldwide
    Has been nominated as finalist for numerous fashion awards (winning the CFDA award for emerging talent in s)
    Has collections in womenswear, menswear, kids, footwear
  • 8. #6: Doo-Ri Chung
    Ethnicity: Korean
    Graduated from Parsons, then worked for Geoffrey Beene until she became head designer.
    Best known for her jersey dresses, which have a unique drape
    Winner of 2006 CFDA Award for emerging talent in womenswear.
  • 9. #5: Derek Lam
    Ethnicity: Chinese
    His parents had a business that imported clothes from Asia; his grandparents owned a bridal and wedding dresses factory
    graduated from Parsons, became assistant for Michael Kors
    Launched his own label in 2003, debuting at New York Fashion Week
    In 2005 won CFDA Award for new designers
  • 10. #4: Monique Lhuillier
    Ethnicity: part Filipina
    Attended boarding school in Switzerland, moved to US to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA
    began by designing gowns for her own wedding, launched her first bridal collection in 1996
    Has won numerous awards, including 2002 AvantGarde Bridal Designer Award
  • 11. #3: Peter Som
    Ethnicity: Chinese
    Studied at Parsons, apprenticing with Michael Kors and Calvin Klein, later with Bill Blass
    Has received numerous awards, from Isaac Mizrahi, CFDA, Lord & Taylor
    His collections have been featured in Vogue, W, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, andInStyle
  • 12. #2: Anna Sui
    Ethnicity: Chinese
    after attending Parsons, worked for junior sportswear companies, then began designing clothing out of her apartment
    Opened a store in Soho. Her brand has since grown international, to over 50 other countries
    Winner of 2009 CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
    In 2006, her fashion empire was estimated at over $400 million
  • 13. #1: Vera Wang
    Ethnicity: Chinese
    Undoubtedly, the most recognizable A/PIA in fashion today
    After failing to make US Olympics figure skating team, she joined the fashion industry. She worked as senior fashion editor for Vogue, then joined Ralph Lauren. In 1990, opened a salon in New York featuring her trademark bridal gowns.
    Has expanded to fragrance, jewelry eyewear, shoe, and housewarecollections
    Winner of 2006 Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 14. Sources
    Contemporary Fashion. <>.
    Council of Fashion Designers of America. <>.
    InStyle Designer Central. <>.
    Photos courtesy of Google Images