Meet Korina Emmerich (I can’t find what Nation she is from, but contacted her to get it! EDITED: She is from the Puyallup Tribe and is sweet to have replied right away!) who is on Season 13 of Project Runway. You may remember Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) from last season (See her collection HERE)
So YAY PR for showcasing Native American designers!!!
Korina Mae Emmerich was born in the Northwest to American Indian and English parents. The youngest of three, she refused to speak during many of her formative years. She became an observer and a listener; often glued to her parent’s record player speakers studying the sounds of Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. She saw the world through an individual lens and listened to music so attentively she taught herself how to play piano. Throughout lessons in the classical arts including piano, clarinet, fine arts and ballet her inspiration turned to Fashion. By the age of twelve she had decided what the future held for her.
She enrolled in The Art Institute of Portland Oregon in 2003 with an International Baccalaureate in the Fine Arts and a Certificate of Advanced Mastery in Arts and Communication already under her belt. Upon graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Apparel Design she was chosen as one of six in her graduating class to represent the Institute in Portland Fashion Week.
In 2009 Korina moved to New York City – having never been to the East Coast before. Over the past six years she has been developing her signature collection, Emmerich NY, inspired by the greatest influences in her life: Art, Music and her American Indian Culture.
Obsessed with the idea of vanity in today’s world: the Emmerich NY collection is an embodiment of beauty, strength and an overwhelming confidence. With a notable respect for the raw power of fabrics and the ability to transform them into a strict structure, this collection is for those who aren’t afraid to be themselves. Their powerful, confident and passionate selves.
(This is her in her jingle dress)
And her designs pre-PR
Here is her design from the first episode (spoiler… She made it through)