At Parsons School of Design, a premier art and design school teeming with extraordinary talent, it isn’t easy to stand out. But Justin Chu—and the voluminous silhouettes of his dazzling ready-to-wear designs—did just that.
In 2013, Chu, Fashion Design ’14, snagged the Geoffrey Beene Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (often considered the Oscars of fashion design). The following year, he took the top spot in Parsons and Kering’s third annual Empowering Imagination competition, which provides graduating Parsons BFA Fashion Design students the opportunity to earn an internship within one of Kering’s 22 luxury and sport and lifestyle brands.
Chu will turn heads once again when he unveils his first ready-to-wear collection through ICON–a recently launched marketplace that connects fashion tastemakers with today’s emerging independent designers–on Monday, February 1.
“Chu explores the notion that an evolutionary perfection is unattainable because standards of perfection are always in flux,” according to ICON. “He designs for a woman who is always changing, one who is never settled on one way of living. Our designer creates his landscapes on these bodies, as his wearers find their own identity, world and form through escaping reality in their own silhouette.”
Chu’s stellar resume includes internships with Marc Jacobs and Altuzarra, a sponsorship from Politecnico Calzaturiero to produce six pairs of shoes for his final collection at Parsons, and a master class exhibition in Les Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre in Paris. His work has been featured in New York Magazine’s The Cut, WWD, Vogue.it and Style.com.