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Designer Bio: Rujing Liu

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

September 11, 2015

2015 graduate, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City
“In preparing my collection, I’m making sure to stay organized and on schedule. My greatest challenge thus far is producing accessories for the first time. I am overwhelmed by the excitement surrounding the preparation of my own collection.”

Rujing Lui was born in Fuzhou, China and was inspired to come to America by her instructors, who told her to "dream big and follow her heart.” She moved to New York City to pursue her wish to become a fashion designer. Rujing found her place in the big city, persevering in a new environment and in challenging classes.

She describes her collection, “Dear Mother,” as organic in nature. “This collection and my entire design career is inspired by my mother, who managed to single-handedly raise three daughters China in spite of the laws forbidding it.”

Her creative process beings with inspiration, then moves on to mood boards and experimenting with different swatches. She keeps up on trends online at Pinterest, Style.com and Instagram—and through print magazines “Objeky,” “National Geographic,” “W,” and “Vogue.” Rujing admires the work of Yohji Yamamotot, Damir Doma, and Haider Ackermann. “I’m inspired not only by their unique aesthetics, but also their creative process.”

As a student, Rujing learned sew, drape, and never forget why she challenged herself. “The Art Institute of New York City helped me to navigate this industry with courses in marketing, technology, and the business of fashion. My most memorable class was Draping with Mrs. Caponera. She helped me overcome certain fears and become free as a designer.” 

Now, Rujing finds herself on one of fashion’s biggest stages. "There is no dreamer too small, no dream is ever too big,” she says. When designing her collection, she stayed focused on schedule and organization. “I am overwhelmed by the excitement surrounding the preparation of my own collection.” She recommends that current fashion students understand that the path to fashion success is not easy. “When I was in Studio 3 class, my teacher said ‘you need to struggle.’ I never understood why she really said that but as I look back now I understand. With struggle we challenge our minds to think completely outside the box.”

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