Karolina Zmarlak

K A R O L I N A Z M A R L A K CONCENTRATES ON MODERN TAILORING, REFINED CONSTRUCTION AND INNOVATIVE FABRICS. KAROLINA WAS BORN AND RAISED IN POLAND BEFORE SHE EMIGRATED TO CHICAGO IN 1992, WHEN HER PARENTS WON THE CLINTON GREEN CARD LOTTERY. HER EUROPEAN SENSIBILITY, DIVERSE COMMUNITY AND IMMIGRANT SPIRIT INSPIRED HER INTEREST IN THE WORLD OF TECHNICALLY BASED, VISUAL CREATIVITY. SHE STUDIED APPAREL DESIGN, SPECIALIZING IN FINE TAILORING, AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY IN NEW YORK CITY, GRADUATING WITH HIGH HONORS. NAMED A GEN ART STYLES WINNER IN 2005, KAROLINA HONED HER SKILLS AT CAROLINA HERRERA AND THEORY. IN 2009, WITH HER PARTNER JESSE KEYES, SHE LAUNCHED HER EPONYMOUS WOMEN'S DESIGNER READY-TO-WEAR LINE. HER DEBUT COLLECTION WAS LAUNCHED IN THE FALL OF 2009 AT TAKASHIMAYA. KAROLINA OFTEN CREATES CLOTHING THAT ALLOWS FOR CONVERTABILITY. CUTTING CLEAN, SIMPLE FORMS, AND TAKING THE IDEALS OF THE MADE-TO-MEASURE PROCESS, HER DESIGNS PERMIT PERSONALIZATION: ONE FORMS THE PIECES TO THE BODY AND SELF. IN CONTRAST, HER FOCUS ON PRECISION TAILORING AND THE FEMININE SILHOUETTE ADHERES TO THE IDEA OF A CONSTANTLY CHANGING PRESENT DAY WOMAN, WHILE COMMUNICATING THE AESTHETIC FOUND IN HER NATIVE POLISH HERITAGE: EASTERN EUROPEAN MINIMALISM. THE ENDURING DESIGNS ORIGINATE IN A HIGHLY PERSONAL AWARNESS AND OBSESSION WITH THE FEMALE DIMENSION AND SHAPE. THE COLLECTION IS DESIGNED AND PRODUCED IN NEW YORK'S GARMENT DISTRICT UNDER THE DESIGNER'S HANDS-ON EXACTING STANDARDS.

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