Name: Christina Kwon
Label: Christina Kwon
How would you describe the aesthetic of your collection?
A poetic creation with a modern classical-beauty twist
When did you first know you wanted to be a designer?
I just knew when I was young. I feel I was born to fill this role.
Why fashion for you and not some other form of creative expression?
Fashion has a reality and I can express my concepts through this vehicle. I am influenced by my love for fine art, too, which was my first major. This is all funneled into my creations.
What inspired this particular collection, and what inspires you in general?
Art: painting, architecture, sculpture, performance and everything around me. For my thesis collection, I was inspired by Ingres’ classic painting, The Bather of Valpincon, his painting depicting a woman's curves and lines. It appealed to my sense of design and flow of clothes to compliment these curves and interpret them into fashion for the women of today who [have] a strength of purpose and like to be an individual - especially the urban woman. My designs capture her edginess and take what could be urban sophistication and make it feminine and sexy.
Who do you envision as your ideal or target customer?
The professional woman who is urban, sophisticated and strong
What other designers do you admire?
Geoffrey Beene, Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati, and Zac Posen. They have influenced me the most aesthetically with their concepts and designs.
What's the most important lesson you learned at Parsons?
Fashion is an expression and art form, but it can be made wearable!
What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
I am planning to launch my own line within five years or even earlier. However, I will definitely start out working for any company where I can learn the real fashion business. In 10 years? I want to meet at least one woman a day who is wearing my clothes.
Would you ever do Project Runway?
No, I would not do Project Runway. It does not appeal to my artistic sense.
Photos courtesy Christina Kwon