Born in Lima, Perú, Ali Rapp grew up surrounded by artisanal, handmade crafts. Her mother, the fashion designer Meche Correa, and father, an antique dealer, always encouraged her creative instincts. When her family relocated to Texas, she began to explore drawing and started developing the child-like characters that she would become known for today. Her teenage years were spent absorbing art, music and culture, and they became the foundations for the works she creates today. After attending The Glassell School of Art in Houston she moved to New York to study photography at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She currently splits time between Houston, New York and Perú while managing her collection, Ali Rapp.
After being discovered by the legendary stylist Patricia Field, Ali began collaborating with childhood inspiration Anna Sui in 2003 under the label Ali Rapp for Anna Sui. Her unique and playful approach to knitwear and accessories solidified the collaboration between the two designers with continued success in the United States and Asia. Prior to her collaboration with Anna, Ali sold limited edition dolls and shirts at Patricia Field's Hotel Venus and at Vice in New York. Recently, Ali received praise and accolades for her work with IKEA creating accessories utilizing IKEA fabrics for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.