China Institute Spring Benefit Luncheon Celebrating Design

Designer Yeolee Teng

By Alice Chin

I recently attended a China Institute‘s Spring Benefit Luncheon celebrating design at Tribeca Rooftop. At 90 years old, China Institute is the oldest bicultural organization in America devoted exclusively to China offers a range of public programs spanning film, author talks, lectures and short-courses, family programs,culinary programs.

Designer Guo Pei and Sophia Sheng

The event celebrated the inspiring continuum of Chinese fashion design, from East-meets-West aesthetics to the exciting dynamic between tradition and innovation. On display was a design showcase, featuring the designs of Yeohlee Teng, Vivienne Tam, Lancy Shi, and designers Merry Wu, and Ji Yeon Lee. Opening remarks were made by WWD Editor James Fallon.

Chiu-Ti Jansen, designer Malan Breton

It was truly a treat to hear established designer Yeolee Teng and haute couture designer Guo Pei speak at the event. It’s also wonderful that China Institute is supporting young designers like Merry Wu and Ji Yeon Lee who are graduating seniors from F.I.T.

Merry Wu

I was especially proud to see Merry, who I’ve known for several years volunteering for She’s blossomed into a talented bridal wear designer and I can’t wait to see what’s in the future for her!

Ji Yeon Lee

Lancy Shi

Alice Chin, Designer Way Zen of JSong

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