Bom and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rucci received Bachelor's degrees
philosophy and literature from Temple University before moving to New York, where he
studied fashion design at me Fashion Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, he
has participated in many different aspects of the fashion industry, but his efforts have
always centered on luxurious women's apparel. Rucci's business in based in New York,
but he works with an international team of specialists, including the world's finest
embroidery houses. For several years, he has been developing fabrics with luxury mills
throughout Europe, either by using advances in technology to create new textiles, or by
studying archives in order to revive historically important cloths. Rucci's prints are based on
his own artwork, primarily consisting of watercolors and acrylics. He draws inspiration from
art, as well; ranging from classic Renaissance works to those of contemporary artists such as
Cy Twombly, Francis Bacon and Joseph Beuys.
By working with distinguished retailers in select locations, and traveling
country for trunk shows and personal appearances. Rued has grown his ready-to-wear
business and built a solid customer base of loyal followers. In 2002, Rued was invited by the
Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture to show his first Haute Couture collection. He is the
first American to be included on the calendar since Mainbocher. "In my workroom, as in my
thoughts, there is little difference between couture and ready-to-wear," says Rued. '"What I
find most important is that we strive to create a product that is empowering, and works with
the spiritual essence of a woman."
Rued is currently planning to distribute his ready-to-wear internationally and
additional product lines that will compliment his existing collections.