Two weeks after graduating from High School, Cornell moved to Los Angeles to study Fashion Design. He began his education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and finished at Brooks College. His innate sense for fashion and his appreciation and understanding for luxury detailing and finishing brought him an award for the best Avant Garde collection at his 1996 graduation show.
college, Cornell began working various and sundry jobs, first as a telemarketer,
a waiter, then as a sales representative for men's clothing. All the
while he was preparing himself mentally, emotionally and creatively
to pursue his goal as a designer. Having never apprenticed under an
established designer, he decided to launch his first collection for
Fall of 2000; this brought him to the attention of the Los Angeles arm
of GenArt. His second collection was featured in the GenArt Fresh Faces
in Fashion 2001 show and also brought him a Woman's Wear Daily cover.
Now in his fourth season, Cornell Collins continues to develop and evolve,
producing a collection for Spring which is as viscerally complex as
it is effeminately avant garde.