||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
represent the qualities he wished to evoke and explore through fashion, as well
symbolize the unity and dedication of the talented staff that he has developed
Bom and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rucci received Bachelor's degrees
philosophy and literature from Temple University before moving to New York,
studied fashion design at me Fashion Institute of Technology. Throughout his
has participated in many different aspects of the fashion industry, but his
always centered on luxurious women's apparel. Rucci's business in based in New
but he works with an international team of specialists, including the world's
embroidery houses. For several years, he has been developing fabrics with luxury
throughout Europe, either by using advances in technology to create new textiles,
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
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.