Designer Bio: Yurie Lim

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

September 11, 2015

Current Student (6th quarter), Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City
“I’m trying to take my time and pay attention to every details. At the same time, I’m trying to enjoy this experience as much as possible.”

Yurie Lim grew up in the Philippines and was influenced in his teen years by punk rock. While his older cousins dressed like popular artists Kurt Cobain, The Ramones, and Guns ‘n’ Roses, Yurie couldn’t afford the look—so he set out to create it himself. “I bought a pair of jeans that were one size larger because they were cheaper. [I] brought it to the tailor and made my own silhouette by altering and making some adjustments. That was my first time seeing someone tailor a piece of clothing—and was also the first time I fell in love in the process of designing clothes.”

His inspirations include designers Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. Yurie’s collection for New York Fashion Week, the honesty-inspired “Things I Don’t Show,” was created to share the emotions he typically hides. “While I’m straight forward and honest, I tend to shield by fragile and sensitive side from view.”

His design for New York Fashion Week was inspired by Japanese indigo quilts. “I want my designs to embody my personality by fusing together clean and strong silhouettes with more sweet and delicate details. I also wanted my collection to reflect and my heritage, so I chose to incorporate Japanese patchwork and colors I grew up wearing in the Philippines.” Yurie adds that the use of patchwork breaks his own emotional rules. “Patchwork means repairing damages. By using soft color palettes like pink, green, and neon green, it represents my collection.”

Yurie says that his education helped to prepare him for a career in the demanding fashion industry. He believes in the mantra that success is made through hard work—and adds that he can do anything as long as he puts his mind to it. “I want people to ask themselves why I did that. I want people to have a certain reaction and expression when they see my collection.”

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