Peter Som - 2002
Peter Som, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent, developed an obsession with fashion as a fifth-grader, paging through his sister's fashion magazines. Som's parents, both architects, instilled in him the ideals of Bauhaus architecture: form following function, materials and purity of composition.
Som attended Parsons School of Design in New York, where he held internships with Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. While attending Parsons, Som won the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Annual Scholarship Competition and the Parson's School of Design Isaac Mizrahi Gold Thimble.
Som was named a "rising young talent" by CFDA in 1997. Following his Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation win, Som was nominated for the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent. A semi-finalist in the 2004 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Initiative, Som also was a finalist for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design in 2006.
Som's collections represent a vibrant, modern blend of flowing, sensual femininity and sharp, rigorous tailoring. In 2007, the acclaimed designer joined design house Bill Blass as creative director.