Corey Lynn Calter developed her aesthetic, a postmodern mix of elegant and offbeat attire, at an early age in her native Philadelphia. There she learned about sewing and fit from her grandfather, a skilled Italian tailor, and combined this talent with a knowledge of color and textiles learned from her mother, a successful interior designer.
She spent her youth back and forth from Philadelphia and New York, spending quality time with the then budding East Village creative and music community while working as the younger-than-expected host of several of the most influential nightclubs in the city.
After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Calter immediately embarked on her career working as a costumer for performances like the Joffrey Ballet and Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Guys and Dolls. Her original vision began to emerge while creating specialty pieces for the urban-punk mecca House of Field during the famed boutique's 1980's heyday.
Inspired by the concept of women's reinvention through fashion, Calter then created her current enterprise, Corey Lynn Calter in 2000, designing contemporary women's dresses, separates and accessories. She shines in her ability to create and assemble unique prints and unconventional fabrics.
Corey has won several awards throughout her career. In 2001 she was one of GenArt's Fresh Faces in Fashion, and in 2003 she won the prestigious Los Angeles Fashion Award for Fashion Achievement. She debuted on the runway the same year in a hit show at Smashbox Studios which Women's Wear Daily named "Best Show" for Los Angeles Fashion week. Calter has since had several successful shows at LA Fashion Week and also more intimate events for her closest celebrity and journalist supporters. Her designs have landed on the cover of Women's Wear Daily seven times, two of which were during the coveted Fashion Week issues featuring her runway show.
She shines in her ability to create and assemble unique prints and unconventional fabrics, many of which are designed in collaboration with her husband, internationally recognized contemporary artist Glenn Kaino.
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