Doo Ri - 2004
Upon graduation from New York's Parsons School of Design in 1995, Doo Ri was recruited by Geoffrey Beene, where she spent five years mastering the unique craft of cut and drape. Ri produced the Beene retrospective in Vienna and worked alongside the fashion icon as lead designer.
Ri launched her signature Soho boutique in September 2002 and later debuted her Fall/Winter 2003 collection to critical acclaim at New York Fashion Week. Ri infuses couture craftsmanship into her functional designs, using lush fabrics like wool and matte jersey, often experimenting with draping and cowl neck details. Each piece represents a contradiction: fixed versus fluid, hard versus soft, tailored versus draped.
Following her Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation win, Doo Ri received the Council of Fashion Designers of America Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear in 2006 and later partnered with the Gap - along with fellow Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winners Thakoon and Rodarte - to create a limited edition white shirt for Gap Design Editions.