Future Vintage: The Ralph Rucci Interview

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Ralph Rucci walks the runway at the Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2010 Fashion Show in New York City.

His demographic is that of almost cult like loyalty and for those of the most discerning taste as well as those who comprehend that fashion can be an art. What may come to mind is “less is more” or “the devil is in the details” but whatever you think, you can be positive that these are deceptively simple clothes. They are pure of line and intricate in construction and they reflect the evolution of a man and his body of work rather than the revolution of fashion.

When I met with Ralph a few weeks ago, we were chatting about how one’s mind shifts when it comes to fashion and how there are times we need to go back to our roots in order to see the future. He is a most cerebral of designers and yet he is not one who feels it necessary to “speak over” the clothes as the clothes are perfectly capable of speaking for themselves; in other words short on blah blah blah and long on actual design and his expression of fashion!

For those of who might not be familiar with his oeuvre, let me give you a quick primer here: At the age of 21, he moved to New York to study at the FIT and trained under the hand of Halston as well as being a patternmaker for Balenciaga. He had his first formal show was in 1981, and then a decade later founded Chado Ralph Rucci. In 1999 Rucci was honored by being invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show in Paris during their fashion weeks. The only designer previously invited and honored this was Mainbocher.

Read what Mr. Rucci has to say and have a look at some of the flawless pieces from past collections. Ralph Rucci will become the gold standard of vintage in years to come.


Jefrey: What trait do you most treasure in yourself?
Ralph Rucci: Integrity

What’s your bliss?

Who or what is your inspiration?
Listening to others’ wisdom

Who is your favorite designer?
Cristobal Balenciaga

What’s your most treasured possession?
My khmer statue

If you couldn’t do your present job, what would you be?
A Psychoanalyst

Where is your ideal home?
On the water – in seclusion

In a word or 2 or 3, what do you think about fashion?
An aspirational art as opposed to an applied science

How important is the truth with regard to your work?
Of the utmost importance

What’s your advice to an aspiring designer?
Be humble

Do you pay attention to other designers’ work?
Yes . . . the work of those whom i respect

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you pick?

Do you read your own reviews?

What is your approach to a new season?
Picking up where i left off

What stimulates your creative process?
To find the new language of cut

Would you wear your own designs?
Yes – in fact, I do

If elected president, what is the first thing you would do?
Talk about the spiritual reality and extraterrestrials living and teaching among us …. also, work to eliminate the idea that racism, prejudice, discrimination and homophobia are appropriate behaviors

SS14 campaign


(L) Chado Ralph Rucci- gros de Londres "Infanta" dress. Slik with chenille embroidery- F/W Haute Couture 2006 (from the little black dress exhibit at Savannah College of Art and Design by Andre Leon Talley). (R) NYFW F/W 2014.


Chado Ralph Rucci Atelier, Photo by Jennilee Marigomen for Zero 1 Magazine.


Chado Ralph Rucci Atelier, Photo by Jennilee Marigomen for Zero 1 Magazine.


Julianna Margulies, Kim Kardashian and Michelle Dockery in Chado Ralph Rucci.


Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012.


Ralp Rucci Atelier from March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest.


Film Still from "Ralph Rucci - A Designer and His House"

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