Friday, November 11, 2011
Yale Club, NYC
Korean Cultural Service NY is proud to help sponsor FASHION DIASPORA - WEARING YOUR CULTURE ON YOUR SLEEVE along with Smithsonian Institution, East Rock Institute (ERI), Metropolitan Arts League, Korean Cultural Service (KCS) of New York, National Museum of Ethnology (Japan), and Sungshin Women’s University (South Korea).
Over 250 guests, primarily leaders in the fashion, art, entertainment, media, business and dignitary worlds will be in attendance including Ambassadors, royalty and celebrities. Among confirmed VIPs include:
Featured designers include: Vivienne Tam, Stephen Burrows, Loris Diran, Michael Houghton and Cody Sai (additional designers will be announced later).
Garments and adornments from various ethnicities representing New York City’s diverse immigrant population will be exhibited during the first half of the runway show, including Sungshin Women’s University’s exquisite collection of Korean garments spanning numerous centuries and dynasties, as well as other, curated homeland garments including Senegalese and Indian pieces. The second half of the show will showcase exciting, emerging designers of various ethnicities based in NYC. (Full list will be disclosed in later release). Not only a fashion show but also a cultural event, Fashion Diasporaaspires to emphasize and draw attention to the cultural influences underlying garment and adornment designs and to celebrate its theme, “Unity in Diversity.”
Proceeds will help support the educational and youth development efforts of East Rock Institute, the Bronx-based youth group Mind-builders Creative Arts Center for their participation in The Smithsonian’s Will to Adorn Initiative, and the Metropolitan Arts League.