Susan Cianciolo was born in Rhode Island in 1969. Her schooling includes fashion design in New York and Paris at Parsons School of Design and painting at Winchester School of Art. After school and completing an internship at Geoffrey Beene under the leadership of Alber Elbaz, Susan acted as the production manager for the clothing line, X-Girl, of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. She was then offered the position of assistant collection designer at Badgley Mischka, a position she held for two years.
Susan introduced RUN Collection in 1995, a collection based on collaboration that placed an emphasis on a certain skill or craft in each collection. The collection was met with commercial and critical success until the first incarnation of RUN Collection ended in 2001.
In 2005, after working with private clients exclusively since the end of RUN Collection, she collaborated with Cone Denim on a full collection of pieces using their archives. The collaboration included shows in New York and Los Angeles and coincided with the release of her book, "The Woman of The Crowd." 2007 saw the release of "1960's Butterfly Girl," a film starring Frankie Rayder that showcased Susan's "Queen of Hearts" collection. In 2008 Susan began teaching at Parsons School of Design in the Integrated Fashion Design Curriculum, a position she held until 2011. She now shows regularly on the New York fashion calendar and maintains a strong base of private and retail clients.
Also an accomplished illustrator, Susan has had her work exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world, including Andrea Rosen Gallery, Sears-Peyton Gallery, PS1 and MMK Frankfurt.
RUN Collection by Susan Cianciolo Fall 2012 Theme: “New CITY of Movement”
“This collection is created and inspired by movement. The transient form of travel through the beauty of cars, motorcycles, bikes... the art in these forms of travel. The vintage car as art, the shapes, colors, sounds, the gear worn when racing, driving, cycling. All came to me as a vision for this season.”