Museum Of Chinese In America’s 2012 LEGACY AWARDS GALA

Jason Wu and model Fei Fei Sun & Angelica Cheung (Editorial Director, Vogue China)

Photo by Francis Latif

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) celebrated its annual gala last night at Cipriani Wall Street. The event drew a spirited crowd of 530 guests and raised over $1.3 million, a Museum record. The evening was a glamorous mixture of New York City’s downtown and uptown personalities, philanthropists, celebrities, and creative forces. The evening’s program opened with remarks by Patricia P. Tang (Co-Vice Chair, MOCA Board of Trustees) and Helen Koh (Executive Director, MOCA).

Jason Wu and model Fei Fei Sun with AsianInNY friends (June Jee and designer Angela Gao)

Honorees of the Legacy Awards in the fashion and design themed program included Silas Chou (President and CEO, Novel Holdings Group), who was presented the award by Maya Lin (Co-Chair, MOCA Board of Trustees); Angelica Cheung (Editorial Director, Vogue China), who was presented her award by Harold Koda (Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art); Calvin Tsao (Architect, Tsao & McKown), who was presented his award by Chien Chung (Didi) Pei (Principal, Pei Partnership Architecture, son of architect I.M. Pei); and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Co-Founders, Opening Ceremony and Creative Directors, Kenzo), whose awards were presented by Alexa Chung.

Emcees were David Henry Hwang and BD Wong.

Fashion designers were well represented tonight, including the impressive list to be featured in MOCA’s upcoming exhibition Front Row: Chinese American Designers, opening in April 2013: Thomas Chen, Melinda Eng, Derek Lam, Jade Lai, Wayne Lee, Phillip Lim, Mary Ping, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee Teng, Zang Toi, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu.

Silas Chou

Angelica Cheung

Fashion models included Georgie Badiel, Bonnie Chen, Sui He, Lily Kwong, Qin Shu Pei, Sun Fei Fei, Alek Wek, and Xiao Wen Ju.

Asian Top Models Bonnie Chen, Sui Pei Qin, Sui He

Vera Wang with model Qin Shu Pei

Vivienne Tam with model Sui He

Zang Toi with model Georgie Badiel

Notable attendees included Mei-Mei Tuan (Co-Chair, MOCA Board of Trustees), Gala Co-Chairs Thomas C. Ahn, Michelle Koo, Patricia P. Tang, and Theodore T. Wang. Emcees were David Henry Hwang and BD Wong. Other notable guests included Jen Brill, Cai Guo-Qiang, Celia Chou, Cecilia Dean, Mark Di Suvero, Maxwell K. (Mike) Hearn, Olivia Kim, Ruth and Harold Newman, Tom Finkelpearl, Pichet Ong, I.M. Pei, Qin Shu Pei, Tan Dun, Oscar Tang, Eugenie Tsai, and Shen Wei.

Gala Committee Members in attendance were Sharon Bush, Gina Lin Chu, Amy Fine Collins, Winnie Feng, Dora Fung, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Karen Hsu, Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, Caroline Hyman, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Harold Koda, Ida Liu, Amy Tsui Luke, Angel Sheng, Ming Sheng, Susan Shin, Valerie Steele, Claudia Suan, Lulu C. Wang, Willy Wong, Diane Woo, and Wen Zhou.

Chiu-Ti Jansen, Angelica Cheung, Vivienne Tam, Tan Dun, Shen Wei

Lucia Hwong Gordon, Hong Hong, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chiu-Ti Jansen

MOCA is honored by the attendance of city and government officials: Kate Levin (Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs), and John C. Liu (City Comptroller); as well as the participation of Sun Guoxiang (Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York City).

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John C. Liu (City Comptroller) with Helen Koh (Executive Director of MOCA)

Alexa Chung

Alek Wek

Xiao Wen Ju

Lily Kwong

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Co-Founders, Opening Ceremony and Creative Directors, Kenzo)


Derek Lam

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