Couture dress by Angela Kim


Asheville Couture by Angela Kim

“It’s not just about designing luxury dresses; it’s really about making a precious memory — I love seeing that. It’s priceless.”

— Angela Kim
Angela Kim at work

A Korean-born New Zealander, Angela completed her Master's course in fashion design in Seoul and worked as a fashion designer & merchandiser in the highly competitive markets of New Zealand and Korean fashion for more than ten years. She relocated to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 2011, bringing her unique cultural background and knowledge of international design trends to the Asheville area. In the summer of 2015, she launched her ready-to-wear brand, Angela Kim Designs. More recently, she was honored to be selected as a finalist for the 2016 Belk Southern Designer Showcase.

The invaluable experience she gained from working internationally, combined with her unique perspective on fashion trends, has inspired her to create effortless, yet luxurious custom designs that reflect the kind of woman she is herself: modern, sophisticated, elegant, and fun. Her technical knowledge of textiles, garment construction and the design process results in effortlessly refined garments that are appropriate for ladies of all ages and shapes.

“As a fashion designer, you always have your signature style, your aesthetics. Mine tend to be very feminine, somewhat traditional, conservative, and dressy.”

“I was drawn to fashion because I understood the power of good design to enhance a person’s self-image and self-esteem,” she says. “Design is a tool to help people feel good about themselves. When I design my clothes I think about how women will feel when they wear them. I want to give a feeling of empowerment to my clients through my designs. I’m not just making dresses for models who have perfect bodies. That’s not really the purpose of why I do this. I think about real people, real women who have challenges and changes."

“Everyone can be beautiful,” Kim explains, “but most people feel so insecure about themselves. I want to help my clients feel their best and empower them with something easy-to-do, like dressing properly for their shape, or putting the right colors together for their season. It gives me so much joy and happiness to help ladies prepare for the big events in their lives. Creating just the right look is fun — it's the best part!”


  • The experience of working with Angela was the least stressful part of planning my entire wedding weekend! The dress she made for my mom to wear to the wedding was stunning! The experience of working with Angela to custom design our outfits was one that the two of us will always treasure. She is an incredible designer to work with. Not only does she have an amazing sense of design and attention to detail, but she really listens to her customers to create something special, unique, and beautiful!

    Helene H.
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Angela Kim’s designs are beautiful, sophisticated, and versatile. Her pieces are perfect for an elegant night on the town. The fit is incredibly flattering. I am so excited to find my next favorite piece from Angela!

    Sarah R
    Knoxville, TN
  • I enlisted Angela's help to design a wedding outfit for my grandson's wedding.   I had specific requests wanting sleeves, something fun for a beach wedding.  Angela listened. We worked together choosing the fabric and she designed the perfect outfit. I felt beautiful and comfortable. I'm so pleased. The amazing thing about Angela is that she will take your vision and make it wonderful. You will love Angela's designs and/or working with her to make you feel beautiful and special for any upscale event! 

    Micki B.
    Asheville, NC
  • I first met Angela Kim at Knoxville Fashion Week, and I saw one of her dresses on another girl.  I fell in love with it.  I asked her to make one for me.  So she did.  I picked it up a couple weeks later.  It was custom made to fit me perfectly.  I have worn this particular dress at high end events.  What I like about Angela’s designs is they are classy, quality material and cannot be found anywhere else. They are unique.

    Tammy M.
    Knoxville, TN

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