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

Pratt Institute

Monitor at the Electronic Design Studio Lab

Troubleshoot printer issues and assist people with design programs in the main academic computer lab.
September 2010 - New York, New York, United States


Design Intern at Young Stuff

Create expense reports, prepare samples for buyers, and source materials for sample making.
June 2012 - August 2012 New York, New York, United States

Zero + Maria Cornejo

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.
August 2011 - December 2011 New York, New York, United States

Smart Apparel US

Design Intern

Work in the shirt department, tailoring department and special brands department. Experiences include Production and CAD.
May 2011 - July 2011 New York, New York, United States

Pratt Institute

Office Assistant

January 2011 - May 2011 Brooklyn, New York, United States


Altos De Chavon School Of Design

A.A.S., Fashion Design

August 2008 - May 2010 Dominican Republic

Pratt Institute

BFA Fashion Design

August 2010 - Present Brooklyn, New York, United States


Spanish (Native),
English (Advanced),
Italian (Beginner),


YMA Scholarship

Fashion Scholarship Fund


YMA Scholarship

Fashion Scholarship Fund


Pratt Institute

International Merit–Based Scholarship


Altos De Chavon School Of Design

Amber Thimble Price



Draping, Illustration, Pattern Making, Photography, Sketching, Specs, Textile Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Tailoring,

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.