Mexican-American Fashion Designer
Raul is a Mexican-American fashion designer from humble beginnings as the son of an immigrant family that settled in Oklahoma. Flores first studied fashion design in Mexico in 2008 after high school, and later continued his education at NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology in 2016. He has 10 years of experience in the fashion industry spanning Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico and New York. A regular at Project Runway casting calls, he was featured on seasons 9 and 10 for their "Road to the Runway" specials.
A Fashion Experience
2009, Flores interned with womenswear Tulsa designer, Suzanne Anderson
2010, Raul Flores moved to New York to pursue his dream further in the fashion industry
2011, Flores worked for menswear designer Carlos Campos; his participation in producing the collection and portfolio application for CFDA/VFF led to the success of Carlos becoming a finalist and first Latin-American fashion designer nominated
Later that year in New York, Flores met former artistic director for Lady Gaga, Mugler, & Diesel, Nicola Formichetti, assisting with his NYFW pop up shop
-Oklahoma Fashion Week | menswear and womenswear spring collection
-Fashion-Meets-Art | a Moore Victims Fundraiser, womenswear fall collection
-The View | fashion show at Zenmai
-TYPros Next/Now | first annual fashion show
-Chocolate and Champagne | annual fundraiser for LivingArts of Tulsa
-Nude Art Show | an event by Daniel Gulick | men's underwear collection
-Tulsa Fashion Week | winner of Tulsa World's newspaper dress contest
-TYPros Next/Now | second annual fashion show
-Fashion for the Cure | Assistant Model Director for a Dallas cancer research & awareness fundraiser
-Photoshoot with photographer Sikander Lodhi
-Photoshoot with photographer Kevin Camp
2016, Flores attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY, completing the One-Year Associate's Program in Fashion Design. Flores became assistant designer to Caribbean designer Sabina Zest; and assisted Dan Liu for his first NYFW fashion show.
- FADC (Fashion Art and Design Club) at FIT in NY | Fashion Show; menswear, womenswear and winner of "The Best Style" Award
-Runway Tulsa (RunwayTulsa.com) Tulsa, OK | Headliner, menswear & womenswear; shared a stage with winner of Project Runway S11, Michelle Lesniak
-Runway 27 of FIT in NY | Fashion show | shared a stage showing pieces with former boss, Carlos Campos
-CFDA/VFF - backstage volunteer with the Vogue team - honoring the win of a black American designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss and dressing models for menswear including Raul
Philosophy and Style
Flores believes in diversity and inclusion as one of few queer, people of color in the fashion industry. As a "more is more" designer, he loves experimenting with color, loud prints, fun silhouettes & edgy styling.
His designs have been worn by stage performers, drag queens and artists from Mexico, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York. He has appeared on L Magazine, (a Brooklyn publication), ExcellStyle Magazine (Tulsa), and Lifetime's Project Runway.
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