Artist Talk: Front Row Designers

When 29 May 2013
Where Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
United States


L-R: Mary Ping, Thomas Chen, Wayne Lee. Courtesy of MOCA

Wednesday, May 29, 7pm

Thomas Chen, Wayne Lee, and Mary Ping, designers from MOCA’s current exhibit Front Row: Chinese American Designers, discuss how being Asian American in the fashion world has shaped their career trajectory and creative process. Moderated by Professor Thuy Linh Tu (NYU).

Thomas Chen was born in Wuhan, China and immigrated to the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan with his family at the age of eleven. He graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in New York and subsequently worked at Yeohlee, Habitual and Thakoon. Chen started his women’s wear label Emmanuelle in 2010.

Wayne Lee was born in Vietnam in 1974. Her family fled Vietnam in 1979 by boat and were marooned on an uninhabited island in Indonesia where they lived for a year before immigrating to Orlando, Florida. Wayne attended Vassar College and studied medicine at the University of California Berkeley. She worked as a buyer at Barneys New York before launching her own label in 2007. Wayne received the Ecco Domani Award in 2008.

Mary Ping is a graduate of Vassar College, receiving a BA in Art in 2000. In 2001, she launched her eponymous label after work experiences with Anna Sui and The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute. In 2002, she debuted Slow and Steady Wins the Race, a label recognized for its sartorial wit and considered response to fashion. She is a winner of the 2005 Ecco Domani Award, 2006 UPS Future of Fashion, and a previous nominee of the National Design Award in 2009 and 2011. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum at F.I.T. , the R.I.S.D. Museum, and was included in the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibit New York Fashion Now. In 2007, Ping was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designer of America (CFDA).

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