Fashion Friday :.: John Sohn

by aproperfool

Sohn's inspiration for this dress comes from the haenyeo ("sea women") of Jeju-do, a province of Korea

Photos courtesy of Sohn’s website and blog.


John Sohn is a Fiber Science & Apparel Design major at Cornell University. He was born and raised in Southern California, and after graduating high school with top honors enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he is currently a senior in the Apparel Design program. With his varied interests in math, art, music and history, he blends this collected knowledge with old-world craftsmanship to create intellectual and innovative designs. His work explores meditations on pristine form and expressions of identities.

Since his first internship at Richard Chai in 2008, John has worked with other vanguard New York design houses such as Phi and The Row, where he gained invaluable experience both on the design and business aspects of New York’s highly competitive fashion scene. Some of John’s accolades include winning the Fashion Scholarship Fund in 2009 and 2010, receiving the Barbara L. Kuhlman Fiber Arts Scholarship in 2009, Dean’s List recognition for three semesters, Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Sophomore honors within the Fashion Design department. He was selected as a finalist to show his designs at the Arts of Fashion Competition 2010. Most recently, he was awarded $25,000 as one of four winners of Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship.

CollegeFashionista: Where are you originally from? Where did you go to college? What did you study?

John Sohn: I’m originally from Orange County, California, and I went to school at Cornell University as a Fiber Science & Apparel Design major.

CF: Tell us the path you took that landed you a dream job at The Row?

JS: Everything sort of came together after my first internship. I met all the right people who wanted to help me out, and after interning at The Row last summer the design team decided to bring me on as an assistant designer.

CF: What is it like working with powerful Fashionistas like the Olsens.

JS: Working with fashion icons like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is my dream job. I’m always inspired when I come to work–it’s a very amazing, creative environment.

CF: Now onto fall, what fashion trends can we expect this August/September?

JS: I think everybody is ready for color again. I pretty much have the standard white, black and neutral closet color palette, but recently I’ve been wanting some really nice bold and graphic clothes.

CF: Tell us the top 5 items every Fashionista/o should have for back to school?

JS: Burkman Bros bracelets, Levi’s vintage clothing T-shirts, socks from Happy Socks, a trilby hat and a cool backpack.

CF:  Thing you miss most about your college days?

JS: Sleeping in! You can’t do that once you start working.

CF: Last words of wisdom for college students looking to break into the fashion industry.

JS: Work hard and be nice to everyone you meet! 


Thanks so much, Amy Levin (College Fashionista) for the great interview!