Fashion takes off with Wing

Fashion Workroom to Runway flaunts the designs of both local and international Asian American fashion icons.
Fashion Workroom to Runway flaunts the designs of both local and international Asian American fashion icons.

The Wing Luke Museum will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibition, Fashion: Workroom to Runway, with lively music, refreshments, and a plethora of strutting this Saturday, Jan. 19.

Over 50 models will walk down the 8 feet wide by 28 feet long runway at the Wing wearing garments crafted by Seattle designers. The event will showcase both ready-to-wear and made-to-measure apparels.

“[Fashion: Workroom to Runway is] a night to showcase Asian-American fashion designers and our exhibit. [It will be a] really fun night out at the museum with drinks, treats, DJ and fashion,” said Community Programs Manager Vivian Chan.

Chan is the organizer of the fashion show.

“All our exhibits are developed by community members who are disciplined or have a specific interest in the exhibit theme or subject matter,” she said.

“In this case, the volunteer community advisory committee thought it was a must to have a fashion runway show to connect with our exhibit, Fashion: Workroom to Runway.”

Some of the artists and their brands that will present their collection this Friday include: Luly Yang of Luly Yang Couture, Chrissy Wai-Ching of Wai-Ching, and Malia Peoples of Lady Konnyaku, Devonation of Devon Yan-Berrong, and more.

“We are leaving it up to each designer to decide what they would like to show. Some will be new; some will be from their past lines; but all will be fantastic,” said Chan.

Eight out of the total 57 looks will be from Lady Konnyaku, a local boutique that specializes in Japanese streetwear, mixed prints, and disco style.

“I am presenting Pop Soda: Spring/Summer 2013 from Lady Konnyaku,” said Peoples. “I’m also showing a preview of two looks from my new line, Other Peoples Polyester, a collection of classically styled handmade t-shirts for men.”

Peoples earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese language and literature from the University of Washington. This Hawaiian-born designer attended and is now teaching, at the New York Fashion Academy in Seattle.

“My mission is to contribute to our small Seattle fashion scene in a positive way that encourages others to participate. I am very grateful for this opportunity to present at the Wing,” she said.

“The things found in counterfeit goods markets in China and the sky-high night malls in Seoul are an inspiration. Even when I returned home and worked as a cashier at Uwajimaya, the colorful packaging in the candy and snack aisle would serve as an inspiration.”

Wing Luke Museum, photograph by New York Times.

Another designer, Wai-Ching, said that Fashion: Workroom to Runway is an excellent opportunity to promote her business.

One of her statement pieces includes a bridal dress called Zolotova, a uniquely constructed gown that has a corset-like chiffon bodice and miniscule pleats that scream couture.

The rich and voluminous skirt consists of colorful silk bulbs collaged together by Wai-Ching herself.

The exhibit will display clothes by other internationally recognized Asian-Americans such as Jason Wu and Vera Wang.

30-year-old Yan-Berrong is another artist whose garments (Chinese Qipao robes) will grace the catwalk.

“I feel like I am an artist more than a fashion designer,” said Yan-Berrong. “The Wing Luke Museum is a very good platform to connect [with] Asian artists or Asian related artworks in [the] Seattle area.”

Tickets for the fashion show have not sold out yet; general admission (seated) costs $60 for nonmembers. Call 206-623-5124 to purchase tickets.

The exhibit will run until April 21 of this year.

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