After growing up in South Korea and Los Angeles, Jean Yu arrived in New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1990. Her first collection of dresses, which were specifically developed for high end specialty retailers, graced the likes of Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Fred Segal. In December 2001, Jean Yu launched her signature collection of silk lingerie with the opening of her retail store and showroom in Soho. The jewel-like store with its in-house atelier serves as the showcase, office and workshop for Jean Yu, Inc.
The last two decades have seen a collection of accolades and exhibitions celebrating Jean Yu's designs. In 1999, Jean was recognized with the Innovator Design Award from Cotton Incorporated; in 2005, she was a CDFA finalist; and in 2007, she was honored with Designer of the Year by Avenue L/Lotte, Seoul Korea. Most recently in 2009, her designs were incorporated into an exhibition aptly named "American Beauty" to celebrate innovative American designers at the FIT museum - the first of its kind.
Featuring elegant, feather-light fabrics with a distinctly modern design edge, Jean Yu is inimitably her own. Using an architectural approach and working closely with the draping of each fold of fabric, Jean Yu's fresh approach sets her far apart in the couture lingerie world. Provocative innovation in style and design mixes feminine fabrics, masculine lines, diaphanous textures and loosely tailored details. Intoxicatingly modern, Jean Yu redefines chic lingerie with an organically sensual edge.HIDE DESIGNER TEXT