Corey Lynn Calter’s fashion career began at a young age when she inherited a sewing machine from her grandfather, who was an Italian tailor. As a teenager in Philadelphia, Corey began to make her own clothes, influenced by her mother’s eye for color as an interior designer, as well as Philadelphia’s punk culture. Reflecting on her fashion beginnings, Corey says, “Fashion was what brought me to the punk scene… the Victorian influence has always appealed to me, too. In vintage stores I discovered granny boots and corsets.”
Corey attended a high school focused on the arts and went on to New York City’s renowned Fashion Institute of Technology where she won an award for Best Women’s Sportswear. After graduation, she was discovered by Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field in an outfit she designed herself. Captivated by her style, Field asked Corey to design for her boutique, where Corey began to develop her own line at the age of 19. From there Corey designed clothing for various theatrical productions ranging from The Joffrey Ballet to Broadway shows to the San Francisco Opera. During this part of her career, Corey “learned how to fit people’s bodies from a big opera diva to a skinny ballet dancer.”
With a wide range of fashion design experience, Corey moved to L.A. to launch her first label in 2000. Her designs are known for “beautiful, edgy dresses and separates… featuring flattering cuts and brilliant twists on classic silhouettes.” Her distinctive styles can be found in over 200 stores.