As one of Korea's top fashion designers, Lee Young Joo recently celebrated her 15th anniversary in the industry with a beautiful fashion show. While the couture designer has found success in Seoul, she hopes to expand internationally to Japan and beyond.
What have you been up to lately?
For the last few years I have had an annual collection using hanji fabric (made from Korean paper), which is organic. I want people to think of my hanji collection when they think of me. I continue to introduce a new line each season. In addition, for the last few years, I have included a cruise line.
How did FIDM help prepare you for your career?
The instructors were from the industry and came with experience. I loved the hands–on instruction and learned so much. I remember one project where a designer came to our class and critiqued our sketches. My classes, plus my work experience and internship in the field, prepared me well for the fashion industry.
What were some of your favorite classes or experiences at FIDM?
My third-year Advanced Fashion Design classes were my favorite, especially my Pattern Drafting class taught by Martin Fong.
What advice would you give to international students who want to study at FIDM?
Prepare yourself as much as possible in learning English. FIDM has a lot of resources so international students can practice their English and meet new friends. So think positive about going abroad to study!
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