Yun-Ji Choi (aka. Mary Yun-Ji) was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of 8, she moved to the United States with her family. Growing up in a family that was artistically-inclined, she was always interested in fashion and art at a young age, and her passion grew even further when she started watching … Read More
Yun-Ji Choi (aka. Mary Yun-Ji) was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of 8, she moved to the United States with her family. Growing up in a family that was artistically-inclined, she was always interested in fashion and art at a young age, and her passion grew even further when she started watching Project Runway at the age of 12- from there, she loved watched the designers' individual creative processes and even started making clothes for her dolls as well as sketching different garment ideas.
During her high school years, Mary Yun-Ji was placed in the Individualized Educational Program and was later diagnosed with a slight case of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Despite her learning disabilities, she showed her determination and enthusiasm, and she proved that she was a great multi-tasker during her high school years: from training herself at her first job, to joining Concert Band, Jazz Band and Best Buddies Club, as well as attending a High School Prep Program that was offered by School of Fashion Design and enrolling into several art programs that were offered by Massachusetts College of Art and Design. By the time she graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in 2010, she was the only Korean-American individual in her class who was under the Individual Education Program that got accepted by her first-choice college- Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
As soon as Mary Yun-Ji attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010, she proved that she has the resilience and the strength to show who she is as a designer-during her Sophomore year, she made a comeback with a non-textile dress made out of balloons, which made a huge statement about who she is as an artist and designer while combining the colors of both the American Flag and the Korean Flag. She has excelled tremendously in Junior year, where her swimwear, tailoring and eveningwear projects were chosen to be shown at the school fashion show. She also presented at the Academic Resources Center Open House, where she has talked about her struggles fitting in when she was in Korea and her experiences in the Fashion Department. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design.
Now with a Bachelor's Degree in hand, Mary Yun-Ji hopes to push her designs to the next level, which she describes them as "culturally-influenced pieces that are practical and feminine with a slight edgy flare." With her love for mixing both bold colors and various textiles, she wants to design for women whom are interested in garments that are inspired by diverse cultures and backgrounds- finding unique pieces that are accessible for their daily lives. Read Less