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Yoonsuk Lee
Fashion Design MFA

Academy of Art University

Specialisms: Womenswear / Menswear / Fine Art

Location: New York, United States

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Yoonsuk Lee

Yoonsuk Lee ArtsThread Profile

First Name: Yoonsuk

Last Name: Lee

Specialisms: Womenswear / Menswear / Fine Art

Sectors: Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories

My Location: New York, United States

University / College: Academy of Art University

Course / Program Title: Fashion Design MFA


Yoonsuk Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from ESMOD Seoul in 2010, earning his undergraduate degree in menswear design. Since then, Lee has worked for a number of Korean fashion brands including, General Idea, Obzee, and Time Homme. He decided to move to the United State to study womenswear. He graduated from Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2018, earning his graduate degree in womenswear design. He also participated New York Fashion Week for his graduate show.

Academy of Art University MFA Graduate Show at New York Fashion Week. Directed by Simon Ungless Look 15 - Look 19 For his debut collection, Lee combines his education in menswear and womenswear design with visual associations from the ‘walk of shame’, along with inspirations derived from his grandfather’s custom tailored suits, and the surrealist black and white photography of Vivian Maier and Irving Penn. Lee experimented with the collection by merging details of menswear tailoring with elements of womenswear couture, including the use of boning, horsehair facing, and hand-stitching. He also included the process of deconstructing and reconstructing as a nod to “the reinterpretation of objects through fashion” and efforts in sustainable design. Lee scoured vintage stores in the Haight district of San Francisco to source some ideas for the fabrics, and reconstructed vintage garments to develop the silhouettes for the collection. He also created exaggerated houndstooth patterns by hand-weaving surplus black, white, and cream-colored lace trimmings found within the school. In 2017 Lee was a finalist for the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award annually bestowed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). i-D Magazine Interview

Photoshoot for GEOFFREY BEENE DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD. I was a finalist for the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award annually bestowed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) 2017. I presented one of my looks at the CFDA HQ in NY.

Portfolio for GEOFFREY BEENE DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD 2017 Inspired by Francis Bacon, Surrealism How I can use ingredients of men's tailoring to women's body. -Using ease thesis of the sleeve cap. -Using hand stitching technique to develop the new fabric.

Challenge Project Liberation; Sexual Desire Inspired by Nan Goldin "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" & Mercedes Helnwein “Chaos Theory” Korean people are very conservative to talk about sexual things in public. I wanted to liberate from that. I tried to transfer my sexual desire to my design directly through hand painting and collages.

anti chanel project

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Dream Project: I want to be the creative director of Chanel. I want to suggest the new vision for Chanel with my criticism. Inspired by the movie, "Mother" by Darren Aronofsky & Hans Bellmer Anti Chanel; Anti Fast Fashion -Criticizing the Chanel customer who buys the product without understanding the legacy of Chanel. -Criticizing the Chanel customer who buys the Chanel bag because they want to show their status to others. -Criticizing what's going on in the fashion industry right now. -Process in an Art form to express my emotion and transfer it to design. -Collages for illustrations. (Tweed fabric, Photograph, Crayon, Plastic, Black color spray)

Back to the origin, 2016

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Inspired by Pandora box Anti Fast-fashion Women's torso Rectangle Robot from childhood Let's go back to the origin. Imagine everything was rectangle like before Columbus prove the earth is the circle. Using all the ingredients which are basic for clothes and tailoring.

Working Portfolio from TIME HOMME in Hyundai Handsome, South Korea. (2009-2012) I have worked for the national brand "Time Homme" in Hyundai Handsome company for 3 years. I was a menswear designer for suit and urban casual design team. Strength from working experience. - Design skills for menswear include tailoring. - Hand drawn flat - Draping - Communication Skills (with Pattern maker, Technician, Merchandise, Color & Fabric design, Product Development, PR and etc) - Handling all of the process to develop the product. TIME HOMME OFFICIAL WEBSITE

BFA MEnswear portfolio

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Final Project from BFA Menswear degree. I graduated from ESMOD Seoul in 2010, earning my undergraduate degree in menswear design. "VEILD DUALISM"; Hidden Duality - How one garment has two different silhouettes and volumes? - Using menswear tailoring techniques to make two different silhouette. - Suggest new modern tailoring for menswear.