Jo'se Reyes

Born in Hawaii to a Latin mother and Japanese Father, Reyes discovered his passion for fashion at a young age. He spent much of his youth exploring various artistic mediums with hi vivid imagination as the driving force behind his creativity. As a student at Houston Community College Reyes studied draping, flat pattern drafting, textile design, haute couture dress-making and garment construction. While at HCC he also served as the creative director for two mini collections. Prior to attending Houston Community College, Reyes studied Toxicology and Environmental Science at Rice University.

Reyes’ industry experience has been gained by working in both fashion and theatrical settings, both as a dresser for numerous fashion shows, as well as working as a stitcher for the Houston Grand Opera.

Hi first collection, inspired by the desire to marry the looks of Marie-Antoinette with the rich tradition of the Japanese Samurai, won the prestigious Paris American Academy Scholarship. While in Paris he studied at the fashion houses of Christian Dior, Chanel, Yves- St Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Madame Gres  and Nina Ricci.  While in Paris, Reyes learned how to pleat jersey by hand, as well as hat making techniques and proper feather work.

Now 26, Reyes’ accolades include winner of the fashion design category for the “Make it with Wool” competition for 2012-2013.

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