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Pratt School of Design Fashion BFA alumna Jihyun Kim recently won her one of two covetable places in the ARTS THREAD Emerging Talents at Curate NYC competition. Her winning collectin, Rococo In Materiality draws inspiration from the 18th century European style with a minimalist twist. We caught up with ARTS THREAD member Jihyun Kim to learn more about her work and plans for the future.

ARTS THREAD: Tell us a little about your background

Jihyun Kim: I studied fashion design at Pratt Institute and I received the Liz Claiborne Concept to Product Award at the Pratt Senior Fashion Show. I received $25,000 sponsorship from Liz Claiborne & the Art Ortenberg Foundation. Based on the fund, I can start my business, called S’MM, in New York. In 2017, F/W 2017 Collection won the A’design Award in Fashion, Apparel, and Garment design Category, in Italy. It was a great chance to introduce my collection in Europe.

ARTS THREAD: Please tell us about the collection you showed at Curate NYC?

Jihyun Kim: I presented the collection, titled Rococo in Materiality, that was inspired by the costume history of the Rococo movement. The collection is full of black and white in different textiles; wool, tinsel knit, vinyl, and neoprene, and exaggerated shapes that call to mind the Rococo period. The melange of contrasting colours and texture with oversized shapes shows how S’MM interpreted Rococo from a minimalism perspective.

ARTS THREAD: What did you learn from showing at Curate NYC?

Jihyun Kim: I learned how to communicate with buyers and prepare for wholesale. Because I only focused on e-commerce before, it was a good time to approach the wholesale market.

ARTS THREAD: What are your top 3 tips for fashion design students graduating in 2019?

Jihyun Kim: Make a mistake! Find your own style based on your strength and interest. Keep in mind “YOU CAN DO IT!"

ARTS THREAD: How has ARTS THREAD helped you in your career?

Jihyun Kim: ARTS THREAD has helped a lot to introduce my brand internationally and I found many opportunities and competitions through ARTS THREAD.

ARTS THREAD: What is next for your career?

Jihyun Kim: I am working on a new collection which will be released in September 2019, and also want to develop my career as a freelance fashion, accessories and concept designer.

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Pratt School of Design Fashion BFA alumna Jihyun Kim recently won her one of two covetable places in the ARTS THREAD Emerging Talents at Curate NYC competition. Her winning collectin, Rococo In Materiality draws inspiration from the 18th century European style with a minimalist twist. We caught up with ARTS THREAD member Jihyun Kim to learn more about her work and plans for the future.

ARTS THREAD: Tell us a little about your background

Jihyun Kim: I studied fashion design at Pratt Institute and I received the Liz Claiborne Concept to Product Award at the Pratt Senior Fashion Show. I received $25,000 sponsorship from Liz Claiborne & the Art Ortenberg Foundation. Based on the fund, I can start my business, called S’MM, in New York. In 2017, F/W 2017 Collection won the A’design Award in Fashion, Apparel, and Garment design Category, in Italy. It was a great chance to introduce my collection in Europe.

ARTS THREAD: Please tell us about the collection you showed at Curate NYC?

Jihyun Kim: I presented the collection, titled Rococo in Materiality, that was inspired by the costume history of the Rococo movement. The collection is full of black and white in different textiles; wool, tinsel knit, vinyl, and neoprene, and exaggerated shapes that call to mind the Rococo period. The melange of contrasting colours and texture with oversized shapes shows how S’MM interpreted Rococo from a minimalism perspective.

ARTS THREAD: What did you learn from showing at Curate NYC?

Jihyun Kim: I learned how to communicate with buyers and prepare for wholesale. Because I only focused on e-commerce before, it was a good time to approach the wholesale market.

ARTS THREAD: What are your top 3 tips for fashion design students graduating in 2019?

Jihyun Kim: Make a mistake! Find your own style based on your strength and interest. Keep in mind “YOU CAN DO IT!"

ARTS THREAD: How has ARTS THREAD helped you in your career?

Jihyun Kim: ARTS THREAD has helped a lot to introduce my brand internationally and I found many opportunities and competitions through ARTS THREAD.

ARTS THREAD: What is next for your career?

Jihyun Kim: I am working on a new collection which will be released in September 2019, and also want to develop my career as a freelance fashion, accessories and concept designer.

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