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Koi Suwannagate - fashion designer - West Valley College

Koi Suwannagate captures nature’s fleeting beauty in her trademark hand-sculpted creations of multilayered luxurious fabrics. Creating an ethereal fantasy, the former West Valley College student tempers delicate arty hand-embellishments with elegant real-world clothes. Her prolific three-dimensional designs not only accentuate feminine contours but they envelope the female body in flowing lines.

Born in Bangkok and living in Los Angeles, Suwannagate launched her line in 2001. With a bachelor's degree in “Decorative Arts” from Bangkok’s Silapakorn University and associate's degree in design and mechandising from the Fashion Institutre of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, she went on to work as a merchandiser and designer for one of Bangkok’s top fashion houses. For two years she absorbed every detail of the fashion industry before she returned to the United States.

As it turned out, a class on draping and couture embellishment was a primary catalyst for Suwannagate’s first hand-sculpted collection. This was in 1999 at West Valley College in Sartoga, Calif., where virtually overnight, Suwannagate realized her passion for creating exquisite hand-made garments.

She made her New York Fashion Week debut in 2007 to high acclaim from fashion press and retailers. The same year, Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America recognized her talent with a nomination for the prestigious Fashion Fund Award. Women's Wear Daily named Suwannagate’s S/S ’09 collection one of top 10 collections of the season.

 

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