Minika Ko is a fashion designer based in New York City. As an avid traveller, her background is indefinable by a single region. She has worked as a designer in France, Taipei, Los Angeles, finally calling New York City her home. Minika brings her global experiences to the world of fashion, designing with adventurers in mind - the courageous, independent, modern women. Her philosophy lies in enhancing a woman’s confidence by highlighting her best features, such that she will always feel like herself in her outfit – the woman she desires to be.
Minika debuted her women’s ready-to-wear collection entitled KOVASKY on the runway during the New York Fashion Week in September 2016. The collection is made of cutting-edge performance fabrics, including winkle-resistant business attire and formal wear, weather-proof trench coats, and water-repellent white suit and dresses. She continued to develop the “high fashion meets high tech” concept and presented her latest addition to the KOVASKY collection in her following show at New York Fashion Week in February 2017. The full house runway presentation represented a leap forward for Minika Ko, showcasing the growth of her brand and talent while remaining true to the essence of her mission - to provide powerful clothing for empowered women.
As a fashion designer, Minika often collaborates with artists from other fields. In March 2016, she collaborated with the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado to create a one-of-a-kind paper Samurai Armor for the Samurai, Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection exhibition. Following the Samurai Armor, she designed CloudDress, a garment made of dreamy sheer organza fabrics with a wearable technology NeoPixel panel. The CloudDress was featured at New York University’s Integrated Digital Media Showcase, alongside other distinguished engineers, designers, and creators. The CloudDress was featured on the prominent technology website, Adafruit’s wearable technology column.
Minika was invited to join Michael Kors, Philip Lim, Jason Wu, and other distinguished designers on September 8th 2016, the opening day of New York Fashion Week, to participate as one of the judges and mentors in the School of Visual Art’s Language of Fashion event. Curated by Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman, the event was centered on a two-part exhibition including a runway show and a public art installation of 15-21 heroic-sized cut-out graphics displayed on Madison Avenue, between 57th and 86th Streets. Minika offered her expertise as part of the critique and mentorship while presenting 5 avant-garde gowns on the runway from her atelier.
Minika Ko received degrees in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and in Music Business from New York University. She is a recipient of Elle Magazine New Talent Awards, California Fashion Foundation and Textile Association of Los Angele Fashion Star Award, and California Fashion Foundation and Textile Association of Los Angele Future Entrepreneur Award.
Minika Ko will present her new collection on September 8th 2017 at New York Fashion week.