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Woo Young Mi

Designer, Wooyoungmi

Her sporty menswear is infused with a forward-looking edge and is sold through her own stores and leading global retailers.

Biography

Born in Seoul to an architect father and an art and piano teacher mother, Woo Youngmi was fortunate to find a creative outlet at a time when the country was brimming with post-war political unrest.

In 1978 she entered the Sung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul to undertake fashion studies, and on graduating in 1983, she was named the winner of the Osaka International Fashion Award.

The first female designer in Korea to design men’s ready-to-wear, Woo launched her first menswear label, Solid Homme, in 1998, opening a small boutique in Seoul, followed by her namesake brand Wooyoungmi in 2002.

The label, primarily inspired by art and architecture, offers detail-orientated menswear, often with a futuristic edge, and has been showing in Paris as part of Men’s Fashion Week since 2003. In 2011, Wooyoungmai becomes a full member of the French Fashion Association, La Chambre Syndicale.

Youngmi’s younger sister Woo Janghee joined the company after completing her studies in fine art in 1989. Youngmi’s daughter, Katie Chung, became joint creative director of the brand in 2014 after completing a BA at London’s Central Saint Martins.

Career

Wooyoungmi

Wooyoungmi

Designer

2002 - Present

Seoul, South Korea

Education

Sung Kyun Kwan University

Sung Kyun Kwan University

Vital Statistics

Born
1959
Nationality

Korea, Republic of

Location
Korea, Republic of
Member since
2014

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