After studying architecture at The Cooper Union, California native Julian Louie started to explore the relationship between architecture and fashion. In the end, his fascination with the latter led to an internship at Imitation of Christ, followed by another at Calvin Klein, Louie was selected by Francisco Costa for Italian Vogue’s “Protégé Project,” for which he, along with five other unknowns, designed an abbreviated collection that showed in Florence, Sydney, and Tokyo early last year.

For spring 2009, Louie showed 15 looks in colors inspired by Tiepolo’s “Perseus and Andromeda” at The Frick Collection in New York.

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