Christina Kim (fashion designer)

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Christina Kim (born 1957) is a South Korean-born fashion designer based in Los Angeles, California and founder of design house Dosa.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Kim was born in South Korea, and came to the United States with her family in 1971, at the age of 15.[3] She would go on to work in the import/export industry beginning in the mid-1980s. Dosa employed 30 people as of 2007, with a 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) workspace in Los Angeles, as well as a 400-square-foot (37 m2) store in New York City.[4] Her joint work with jeweller Pippa Small was featured in London's Anthony d'Offay Gallery in 2002; she continued working with d'Offay after the closure of his gallery.[5][6] She was one of three finalists for the Smithsonian Institution's National Design Award in the area of Fashion Design in 2003.[7] She does not hold or participate in fashion shows in order to promote her products, and refers to herself as an "artist" rather than a stylist; further, she designs a new collection only once a year, in contrast to the typical fashion-design practice of designing new collections for every season.[8][9] She works with traditional craftspeople in Bosnia, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, and Peru, and has been noted for her extensive use of traditional materials.[7][9] She has stated that she is particularly fond of khadi, a hand-woven Indian cloth; In 2002, she employed roughly 500 women in India's Assam region to spin eri silk for her.[9][10] Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Kidman count themselves among her fans.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reinach, Simona Segre (2006). Manuale di comunicazione, sociologia e cultura della moda. Meltemi Editore. pp. 128–129. ISBN 978-88-8353-521-5.
  2. ^ Carrington, Dora (2005-04-09). "Atelier su misura". La Repubblica. Archived from the original on 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2007-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Johnson, Reed (2009-04-19), "Dosa's Christina Kim: Every piece is precious", Los Angeles Times, retrieved 2011-09-29
  4. ^ Preston, Holly Hubbard (2007-04-20). "Your Money: Do you have what it takes to run an import/export business?". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2007-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Becker, Vivienne (2002-12-13). "Mined, all mined". Financial Times. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  6. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (2003-06-13). "Fashion dressed up as art". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2007-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announces winners and finalists for fourth annual National Design Awards to be held October 22, 2003" (PDF) (Press release). National Design Museum. 2003-08-01. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2007-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Gaidatzi, Dimi (2006-09-09). "Once a year is enough". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2007-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ a b c Padovani, Maddalena; Nadia Lionello (March 2003). "The Encounter: Christina Kim". Interni (529). Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ a b Song, Sora (2003-02-17). "Innovators: Christina Kim". TIME Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-06-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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