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Paola Ricardo

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Architecture is my main inspiration. I believe that space influences our way of interacting. What surrounds us defines who we are and stimulates our body to act and dress in a certain manner. My vision is to create a relationship between body and modern architecture. My design process begins with interpreting the interior and facade of buildings by analyzing the texture and visual repetition. Then, I design thinking in a 360º angle, examining how the seams and colors create a visual composition that guides the eye to a focal point. The result is asymmetry and the tridimensional arrangement of a building and sculpture. My mission is to build a structure over another; the beauty of our internal construction reflected in the outside world.
Work Experience
New York, NY, USA
Sep 2010
Monitor at the Electronic Design Studio Lab
Troubleshoot printer issues and assist people with design programs in the main academic computer lab.
New York, NY, USA
Jun 2012Aug 2012
Design Intern at Young Stuff
Create expense reports, prepare samples for buyers, and source materials for sample making.
New York, NY, USA
Aug 2011Dec 2011
Production Intern
Help with in production fittings; do quality control; source trims for samples; and serve as Media for their collection Spring Summer 2012 in New York Fashion Week.
New York, NY, USA
May 2011Jul 2011
Design Intern
Work in the shirt department, tailoring department and special brands department. Experiences include Production and CAD.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Jan 2011May 2011
Office Assistant
Dominican Republic
Aug 2008May 2010
A.A.S., Fashion Design
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Aug 2010Present
BFA Fashion Design
Spanish (Native), English (Advanced), Italian (Beginner)
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Draping, Illustration, Pattern Making, Photography, Sketching, Specs, Tailoring, Textile Design
Fashion Scholarship Fund
Fashion Scholarship Fund
International Merit–Based Scholarship
Additional Experience
• Paper Dress Exhibition/Runway, Papyrus, Soho, New York (September 2011)
Presented evening dress with paper manipulated to look similar to fabric. The dress was sewn and molded to the natural curves of the body. The silhouette of the dress is mermaid and the textures are also maritime inspired.

• Fashion Society Runway Show, Pratt Institute School of Design, 2011
Presented five looks inspired by architecture with a military palette of grays and greens. Draped, pattern making and elaborated each piece. Overlapped some fabric to create different effects and fabric combinations. Hand sewn details.

• Style 2010 Fashion Show, Dominican Republic (May 2010)
Presented four looks: two women’s wear and two men’s wear looks for a runway show in the category of Resort/Special Occasions. Elaborated patterns and samples, fit clothing, and did on-set styling.