Designer Ralph Rucci Visits Moore

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) On Friday, April 8, 2011 Philadelphia-born couture fashion designer Ralph Rucci visited Moore for a conversation with Philadelphia's fashion design students. He spoke for an hour and a half discussing his career and answering questions from students.  Students attending represented five local fashion programs: Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia University, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, University of Delaware and Drexel University.

Rucci shared his industry knowledge and 30-year experience in haute couture with the emerging designers. He also took questions, relaying his aesthetic interest and personal inspiration in architecture, literature and art, noting a passion for artists like Francis Bacon, Motherwell and Cy Twombly. He discouraged students from following trends, encouraging them to develop a personal point of view.

Rucci later attended and judged a special fashion show of local designers which included evening gowns by Moore fashion students. The runway show April 8 at 8 pm was held at the Kimmel Center Commonwealth Plaza. There, Rucci received the Visionary Award for Fashion. The visit to Moore and evening fashion show were held in conjunction with PIFA, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit
Published on April 8th, 2011