For the first time ever, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration will feature a fashion show highlighting modern takes on traditional ethnic attire. The show is being organized by Fritz Lambandrake, Executive Producer of Runway Couturier.
Lambandrake selected to host his quarterly “RUNWAY!” show as the finale of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) on Saturday May 18, 2013 in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood. Find the stage and runway in Little Saigon at Larkin & Eddy Streets; the show begins mid-afternoon at 3:30 p.m..
The fashion show will feature creations from dozens of Bay Area fashion designers, all competing for a chance to create their very first complete collection. Judges include Supervisor Jane Kim (SF Dist. 6) & Donna Sachet (champion fundraiser and legendary local celebrity). In addition to the competition, several previous RUNWAY! show winners will debut their collections at the event.
Below are the talented designers that will be presenting their creations at the AHSC:
Pradia Wright has been designing garments since she was eight years old. After being one of the first in her family to graduate high school, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) where she learned how to bring her designs to life. Pradia is known for her risqué gowns and barely-there ensembles. She aspires to “undress women, tangle them in fabulous, dip them in sexy and send them on the runway of life.”
Jessica Ledesma was inspired to enter the world of fashion at the elbow of her grandmother, an expert seamstress. Now a fashion design graduate of FIDM, Jessica passionately strives to create clothes with structure, whimsy and unconventional materials. Jessica recently started Aegis Handcraft, a designer-retailer of customizable, made-to-order bags. Among her talents, she is also an experienced photo stylist.
Shannon Glasheen is a San Francisco resident and undergraduate student of fashion marketing and management at the Art Institute of California – San Francisco. Also a graduate of the School of Fashion Design in Boston, Shannon began sewing at the age of 6, making clothes for her sister’s stuffed animals and Barbie dolls. Now developing her client base for bespoke evening wear and recycled ready-to-wear, Shannon envisions clothes with feminine elements and a tough girl edge while staying true to her environmental and artistic beliefs.
Sam Shan is proud to present his collection, “Secret.” It is inspired by a Burmese folk tale of a young princess whose city is taken over by evil oppressors. To save her people, she must find her own inner strength and through her deeds of bravery she becomes a legend. Sam has taken this story and adapted it to a modern look borrowing from the Gothic genre. Sam grew up in a small farming village in Burma. He has wanted to design clothes since he was a little boy, influenced by his experiences helping his grandmother, a seamstress.
Tina Maier is a self-taught fiber artist from the Bay Area specializing in art quilting and wearable art for over 20 years. Her wearable pieces show her quilting background in a haute couture fashion. Tina loves to manipulate fabrics to create original textiles that are vibrant in color and rich in texture. Known for clean lines and outrageous embellishments that are often made from repurposed upholstery samples, T-shirts and anything else Tina might find on her many thrift store hunts, she has never had her clothing sold in stores. A maker of client-commissioned garments for many years and the recipient of several design awards, Tina is also a teacher of fabric arts.
Rezina Pradhan recently graduated with a degree in fashion design from FIDM with a focus in contemporary womenswear. Her design aesthetic is bold, modern, feminine and slightly daring at times. She says, “Mystery and a sense of sex appeal make a woman interesting.” When designing her clothes, Rezina is always thinking of how she can incorporate these qualities into her pieces.
Tomboy Tailors is a fine clothier specializing in custom-made suits and shirts of the finest quality that are made-to-measure in the material, cut and fit that you want. According to owner Zel Anders, “Our customers are butch/boi lesbians, trans-masculine individuals, and women of any identity who have a strong sense of self-expression and like to wear fine custom-made clothing.”
Diana Rosa Wong is native San Franciscan who graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in apparel design. Having a passion for the arts, she uses her artistic ability to create designs that inspire women to look and feel their best. Inspired by the natural curve of a woman’s body, Diana creates designs that are feminine with a little edge. Embracing the beauty of self-confidence, everything she designs for the everyday woman is BOLD, BEAUTIFUL & STRONG.
Jiyoung-Seo is an alumnus of California Design College(Los Angeles) and a recent graduate of Academy of Art University (San Francisco). Upon graduating from CDC, Jiyoung-Seo gained valuable design experience working for fashion manufacturers and importers. Now a designer of evening wear and bridal gowns, Jiyoung-Seo develops her own fabrics with unique textures. Inspired by architecture and elements of nature, she strives to create conceptual, feminine pieces for women who are strong, sexy, and fun.
Nwe Oo “weaves, fights, and dreams her way through change.” A refugee from Burma and raised in Bangladesh, Nwe has survived war and family separation while learning to cope with the life’s uncertainties. Since the age of thirteen, has supported her family and her own education through the hard work of weaving textiles from organic yarn. Her fashion-design aesthetic symbolizes interpersonal harmony, dignity, peace, and cultural empowerment. Nwe weaves to survive and designs her textiles and clothing, which she calls her “treasures,” to connect her roots with the future.
Dema Grim started her fashion line 24 years ago on a whim. Primarily self-taught, she has expanded into a print-driven collection of women’s wear, emphasizing a modern interpretation of vintage classics. Dema has been dressing discerning women out of her Mission District shop, DEMA, at 21st & Valencia for over 15 years. You also may find her collection at Modern Appealing Clothing at 387 Grove St. in San Francisco.
Fritz Lambandrake, Runway Couturier’s Executive Producer, is a three-year resident of San Francisco and has been a seasoned event producer since 2005. Fritz has a lifetime of theatre experience, both on-stage and in the director’s chair as well as two decades of finance expertise. In addition, he has a formal education in marketing management and fashion-merchandise marketing. Having shown the debut collections and individual designs of nearly thirty rising fashion design stars, Fritz has never charged any of them a penny. Why not? His mission is ambitiously simple: to eliminate financial obstacles and propel Bay Area designers to national and international commercial success, all the while transforming the city into the world’s next fashion design capital.
To help fund the production expenses of the fashion show, donate to http://www.gofundme.com/RUNWAY-at-AHSC-May18. Checks can be made out to the AsianWeek Foundation and sent to AsianWeek Foundation, c/o: Runway!, 564 Market St. Suite 320, San Francisco, CA 94104. 100% of donations will be applied toward the production expenses of the show. All donations are tax-deductible, as the law allows; Asian Week 501(c)3 Tax ID: 20-1719535
For more information, please visit RunwayCouturier.com & AsianFairSF.com. For questions, kindly call Runway Couturier at 415.385.5055. See you at the show!
OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Want to walk in a fashion show and showcase your traditional ethnic attire at the 9th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration? Individuals needed to represent all Asian ethnicities and willing to work with designers who will be creating a modern look based off your outfit. Individuals must already have their own traditional outfit. Contact: Fritz Lambandrake of Runway Couturier at firstname.lastname@example.org.