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CHADO Ralph Rucci  NY Fashion Week Fall 2004

Fashion Ledge - CHADO Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rued has been designing both ready-to-wear and made-to-order clothing for over 20
years. In 1994 he opened his current business, Chado Ralph Rued. "Chado" is the name of the
Japanese tea ceremony, a traditional ritual that has been practiced in Japan for centuries. The
essence of chado is respect, tranquility, grace, and integrity; Rued chose this word to
represent the qualities he wished to evoke and explore through fashion, as well as to
symbolize the unity and dedication of the talented staff that he has developed throughout
the years.

Bom and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rucci received Bachelor's degrees in
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 throughout the
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 develop
additional product lines that will compliment his existing collections.


Written by: Written by Yvette N Coleman
Photography by C. Yohance DeLoatch
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