For this Sunday’s gathering in LA — 12noon at the Bootleg Theater — we have a special treat in the Visual Artist category. Sergio Duque is a clothing designer who has worked with many of the greats of the industry, including a 7 year stint with Diane Von Furstenberg. Sergio’s a master with textiles, drapery, cut–all of it–and he’s going to share some of his designs with us. I’m delighted to see his work in person and to share this artist with our community.
Here’s Sergio’s bio:
SERGIO DUQUE is a Los Angeles-based fashion designer and Creative Director of his own lifestyle label called De Design. He is also the founder of a new high fashion line for dogs called Lulu & Tash.
Duque was born in Medellin, Colombia. While studying architecture as a young man at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Duque decided to pursue fashion. “I would go to do research for my architecture classes at the campus bookstore” he recalls. “I found myself picking up the American high fashion magazines and thinking, “Oh, this is so cool! This reminds me of architecture. This is what I want to do next.” Duque says his mom cheered on his decision to jump into design. “She always knew that I was artistic, so even when I was a little boy, she always pushed for me to learn more art. She encouraged me to do as much as I could. She’d send me to drawing classes, photography classes and even music classes.”
Duque’s mom already lived in New York City, so he joined her in Manhattan and enrolled at the Parsons School of Design. After just one year at Parsons, Duque completed his degree, and immediately landed his first job with fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg. With a laugh he recalls, “I had already done a few projects with her company. Then the company President thought it was time for me to meet Diane. When I met her, we talked and she turned to the president and said, “Oh, he’s fine!”
During his eight years at DVF, Duque was in charge of the textile department—developing all the special pieces for Von Furstenberg’s fashion shows. These pieces included hand-beaded dresses, embroideries and custom hand-drawn fabrics.
Red carpet guru David Meister learned of Duque’s skill set and lured him out to Los Angeles. Duque worked alongside David for eight years, crafting stunning evening gowns for Meister’s signature line worn exclusively by Hollywood’s A-List. Duque also designed for Meister’s day dress line available only in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue
Duque’s own collection, De Design, offers lifestyle items including custom pillows, hand bags, dog accessories and more. This line is an extension of his original start-up called Lucho Inc. which was a high-end doggie line sold exclusively in the Bon Marché in Paris.
He is currently creating a new design direction and style for White House Black Market’s upcoming 2016 dress collection.
Duque is the winner of a Gen Art Stars of the New Millennium award.