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 most flattering features, such that she will always feel her best 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 wrinkle-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 while remaining true to the essence of her mission - to provide powerful clothing for 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 participate as one of the judges and mentors in the School of Visual Art’s Language of Fashion event on the opening day of New York
Fashion Week in September 2016. 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 20 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 avant-garde gowns on the runway from her atelier.
This past New York Fashion Week, Minika was invited to present a look from her “Goddess and Gladiator” collection and a dress from her 2018 RTW collection at the #METOO Fashion Show. Her pieces celebrated the fearlessness that burns within her fellow women, and highlighted their courage that has set the #MeToo movement aflame. The Goddess and Gladiator piece was featured as the cover image of several articles, including the Associated Press coverage as shown on Washington Times.
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 launch her new Knockout collection, which will offer garments that feature fine tailoring, high tech, yet low maintenance, in summer of 2018.