Quieesha BURNS, known in the design world as Corii, is an American creative with a global footprint, splitting her time between the vibrant landscapes of New York, USA, and the artistic allure of Paris, FR. Her academic journey took her through Cazenovia College and Syracuse University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and culminated in a Masters in Contemporary Fashion Design from IFA Paris.
Renowned for her captivating deconstructed tailoring and a visionary perspective on the future of sustainable fashion, Corii's work transcends conventional boundaries. Her design ethos embraces inclusivity, evident in her innovative approaches to upcycling, low waste direction, and the use of deadstock fabrics and pre-loved garments. This unique blend results in an ethical and out-of-the-box fashion narrative.
Corii's impact on the fashion scene garnered international recognition with the iconic "Omaga" vegan handbag, featured on Kelly Rowland's Instagram story and acclaimed by British Vogue and various publications. Her creative journey extended to designing for notable figures, including Kiana Lede for BET's 2024 Black + Iconic Soiree and Latin pop star Evenny for the Latin Music Awards. She has been profiled by leading publications such as British Vogue, New Wave - London, Mob Journal, Embrace, CNY, Syracuse Magazines, and FAULT Magazine. Currently, her bespoke and limited-edition creations are exclusively available online.
At the core of her brand, Corii Burns, lies a commitment to luxury deconstructed fashion, anchored in principles of diversity, socioeconomics, and sustainability as catalysts for social change. Corii's collections draw inspiration from and celebrate the rich diversity of the Black diaspora, embodying a relentless pursuit of equity and inclusion in the fashion realm.
One of her standout projects, the Mental Health Collection (MHII), serves as a poignant response to the mental health crisis, sparking crucial conversations within her community. Conceived in Paris, France, during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the pinnacle of the Black Lives Matter movement, this collection explores the intersections of these global challenges within the community. MHII is more than fashion; it's a deliberate effort to destigmatize mental health, fostering open discourse and progressive approaches that lead to genuine healing. In acknowledgment of a damaged world, each garment in the collection is not only adjustable but also incorporates extra sustainable fabric, reflecting Corii's dedication to sustainability and adaptability in an ever-changing landscape.
Quieesha "CORi! " Burns was born in Syracuse, New York
1st Sketches emerge 2005
Entered "Art Focus" Program at Henninger
1st Wire, plaster, wood and clay sculptures of fashion garments emerge
Added Dual Major atCazenovia College(+Fashion Design)
Graduates from Cazenovia College Showcase of The Glass Ceiling"(women rights in the work place)
Selected fashion designer at MODA International Fashion Show(Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital)
EMBRACE Magazine Release- featured designer showcase
CORi! BURNS enter's 1st retailer -Montclair NJ
Bronx Fashion Show John Jay-House of Dolls Fashion showcase
Chevy Stage- NY State Fair Fashion showcase
HIV Stops with me Fashion showcase
1st radio interview LIVE From the Box on 87.7FM WVOA Radio
Latin pop star Eveny on Latin Music Awards in 2 looks for CORi! BURNS
Kelly Rowland shares Corii Burns handbag 👜 on her Instagram !
Enters ifa Paris University Contemporary Fashion Design Master's Program: Paris, FR & Florence Italy based
Rick Owens PERFORMA FW20- Palasis de Tokyo
OTTOLINGER 2020-Paris France
Brand name changes from BODII BII CORII to CORi! BURNS
9/22 Show MHi! Collection at NYFW
CORi! BURNS is an innovative made to measure haute couture brand offering limited edition products, that cultivates expression through social economics and artistry in a theatrical as well as progressive way for our community.