Esther Kim grew up on the island of Island of Oahu, Wahiawa, Hawaii and graduated from the Leilehua High School. She is currently purusing her B.F.A. in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University. Following H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud‘s visit to the School of Fashion last May, Esther was selected as one of six students to travel to Saudi Arabia and design a collection for display at the Harvey Nichols Department Store in Riyadh. Inspired by the beauty and identity of the modern Saudi woman, Esther used a combination of silk charmeuse and polyester to create her designs for the project.
If you could come back as [a fashion icon], who would it be?
Bianca Jagger. Exotic, glamorous, and covered in Halston.
Which [items in your closet] do you most use?
I guess it would have to be my black and red Reeboks. I use them so much that I have holes burning through the top from walking/working out. I love them.
What is your [style] motto?
Wear what feels good and be yourself.
Who are your favorite [fashion] heroes in real life?
Rihanna has always been my favorite. Her style is fun, edgy, and always makes a statement.
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