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Joseph Altuzarra '05 Shows New Fall Collection at NYC Fashion Week

Joseph Altuzarra '05 Shows New
Fall Collection at NYC Fashion Week

by Alisa Giardinelli

Joseph Altuzarra '05
Joseph Altuzarra '05 describes his design process in a recent New York Times profile.

The new collection by acclaimed fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra '05 is featured in New York City's Fashion Week. As noted in a recent New York Times profile, the pressure is on and expectations are high:

"You definitely want to try to get to that place where what you're doing feels like something fresh and modern," he says. "There is definietly a pressure cooker effect and I think every season you feel it intensify a little bit more."

Altuzarra has been recognized by the New York Times Magazine as one of New York's "next generation" of young designers. His collections have been praised for their hard feminine aesthetic, featuring body-conscious silhouettes and unique, streamlined patchwork techniques.

Born and raised in Paris, Altuzarra, 27, is the son of an American expatriate mother and a French father. He graduated from Swarthmore, where he ran track, with a major in art and art history. He then interned at Marc Jacobs and apprenticed with Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy before launching his own label. Last year, his company turned a profit, taking in $4 million in retail sales from 30 stores.

Addendum: check out the Altuzarra Fall 2011 collection at The Sartorialist.