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Young Jun Ryu Impresses the Fashion World at Bryant Park

The fashion blogs were buzzing with rave reviews for the Academy of Art University’s graduate fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. One designer in particular really caught fashionistas’ attention was Young Jun Ryu, a textile designer from South Korea. The fashion blogs were buzzing with rave reviews for the Academy of Art University’s graduate fashion show.

Jun’s mother inspired and encouraged him to fashion school. She wore printed fabrics, such as floral prints, which he had always admired. Within the Academy’s School of Fashion, Jun found a supportive and enriching program. He particularly enjoyed the directed study, which is a required course for MFA candidates. They must work directly with a faculty member on a particular project.

The greatest opportunity Jun received from Academy of Art University was having the chance to show his work to some of the biggest names in fashion at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week.

“It is everybody’s dream to show their work at Bryant Park,” he said. “My dream came true.”

Attendees were enthused over Jun’s innovative textile prints on wool, cotton and faux fur. Artwork, nature and the geometric shapes of M.C.  Escher, a Dutch artist, inspired the prints. The audience was equally delighted by the whimsical Marvin the Martian-inspired hats on the models.

“I wanted to change my outfit to look more young and casual – that’s why I put the Marvin the Martian accessory in at the last minute,” Jun said.

Referred to as a “mastermind” with a collection that had “an essence of a rebel without a cause,” all bloggers agreed that they were anxious to see what kinds of designs Jun would come up with next. They will have to wait, however, because Jun has just accepted a job with GM in Detroit, MI. He will be working as a creative designer for color and trim. 

He misses San Francisco and looks back on the Academy and Fashion Week fondly.

“If I did not come to Academy of Art University, I might not have had this chance.”


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